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I have a 3 monitor setup using Awesome Window Manager.

I have a few applications I always start up when I log in, and I have to place them on the correct screens/tags manually.

Is there a way to do this programmatically? Something in rc.lua? I would like to be able to move them to other screens, and have other instances of the same applications not forced. In other words, this is just a initial setup force.

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To start up applications automatically at login, you could add them to your ~/.xinitrc or so. Here is an example.

gtk-redshift &
calised &
urxvtd -q -o -f &

To have them opened on a specific tags / screen , see the awful rules : https://awesome.naquadah.org/wiki/FAQ#How_to_start_clients_on_specific_tags_and_others_as_floating.3F, specifically this example :

 -- Set Xterm to multiple tags on screen 1
 { rule = { class = "XTerm" }, callback = function(c) c:tags({tags[1][5], tags[1][6]}) end},

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