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Questions tagged [i3-window-manager]

i3 is a dynamic tiling window manager that is primarily targeted at developers and advanced users.

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System keyboard shortcut handling priority in Linux

I have several keyboard shortcuts configured inside the i3 window manager, each of which is a two-key combination of Super+<key>. In addition, the MATE (Gnome 2 fork of Ubuntu) environment also ...
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i3 dual monitor mouse not able to move on entire screen

I have just got a nice dual monitor setup with i3: the main monitor is 4k and the secondary one is FHD. I have setup the 4k one to be horizontal and the FHD to be vertical. This is my .Xresources: ...
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i3 messed up after Ubuntu update

So after updating my packages today, i3 is messed up. As far as I can tell all my config files are still in the correct place / present, I am not sure why and what on gods green earth is happening. ...
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Splitting the current container in i3

I have only been able to do this accidentally, and I'm trying to determine how to do this intentionally. I have two containers initially, with the screen horizontally split. There's a web browser on ...
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i3 startup script crashes xwinwrap after a few seconds on Ubuntu Bionic

I have an Kubuntu box that I have changed to use i3 together with Plasma. In the config file it starts xwinwrap to run mpv so that I can have a video as my background. Earlier today it worked ...
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i3: How to use media keys that show up on separate input device?

I've installed the i3 window manager alongside GNOME desktop on Ubuntu-GNOME 16.04. I'm having trouble getting my media keys working with a Logitech G610 keyboard. I have the following in my ~/....
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Cannot start i3

So I made a clean i3 install on my laptop and wanted to test some themes (I've only used vanilla i3 on my Debian PC before). I have Ubuntu 18.04 installed. I followed the instructions here, but now ...
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is there a way i can get the look and feel on manjaro i3 but with another distro?

I really like the i3 deafualt configuration in manjaro-i3, but I know that I cannot simply just copy and paste the config file to have the same result. So what do I need to install so I can get it to ...
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Using the ThinkVantage button in i3

I am wondering how I can map the ThinkVantage Button in i3wm? Volume raise button for example is XF86AudioRaiseVolume. What is the code for the ThinkVantage button, or if there is non, how else can I ...
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Can I create groups of workspaces in i3?

I use i3. I have 4 monitors, and one or two workspaces per monitor. I also have multiple jobs/projects. I'd like to be able to switch between groups of workspaces. If I have 2 workspaces per monitor ...
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dmenu with custom priority

The package dmenu comes with a wrapper script dmenu_run, that serves as an application launcher: #!/bin/sh dmenu_path | dmenu "$@" | ${SHELL:-"/bin/sh"} & What modifications can be made to start ...
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xdotool key doesn't when window is focused or not unfocused

I use i3wm to execute a script containing xdotool commands. To get windows IDs, I use: bindsym Control+e exec xdotool getactivewindow > /dev/pts/5 Then, I try to close keepassxc with: xdotool ...
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Can't enter credential in TeamViewer 13 with i3 window manager

TeamViewer 12 works correctly but it seems that I need version 13 to connect to a TV13-equipped desktop. On AUR I see that version 13 corresponds to teamviewer and teamviewer-beta packages only, so I ...
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How do I bind a mouse button (specifically the scroll wheel buttons `4` and `5`) to a keyboard key on Arch Linux?

The scroll wheel on my mouse is broken (though middle-click still works, apparently) and I would like to bind two of my keyboard keys (yes, I have spare keys for this) in such a way as to emulate ...
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Hide tmux pane border

This is currently what my tmux pane borders look like: This is multiple terminals open in i3 (what I would like to have it look like in tmux): Is it possible to just make the pane borders invisible? ...
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How to set system wide proxy in i3 tiling window manager?

I am looking for something like gsettings in gnome. I had written a bash function for gnome, which would take ip and port as arguments (at the command line) and then set it into gnome using : // For ...
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How to use current keyboard layout for keyboard shortcuts in i3?

I've just installed i3 with the default configuration, and there's a major issue with keyboard shortcuts: even though my keyboard layout isn't QWERTY the keyboard shortcuts are mapped to the relevant ...
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Java/swing apps have cut off text

I've had an issue that came up a couple months ago but just started to get in the way. Basically all java apps(for example visualvm, or minecraft) are very "distorted", which comes out as cut off text ...
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Rofi on kde+i3 doesn't start with shortcut

I use Antergos kde edition with i3wm. I'd like to run rofi. If I execute rofi -show-icons -show run on terminal it runs ok. But shortcut in i3config bindsym $mod+space exec rofi -show run doesn't ...
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Trackpad setup for HiDPI screen

I've just gotten the new Dell XPS 13. I've managed to setup almost everything, except for the touchpad. If I place the cursor to the left edge of the screen, and start moving my finger to the right, ...
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Linux - start/kill a bash script using keyboard combinations

I want to record my screen with a simple ffmpeg command. The problem is I want to do it without opening terminal, for example pressing Ctrl+R to start the script, and again Ctrl+R to kill it. Is that ...
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Apple keyboard and XF86AudioPlay media key in Linux

I have external apple keyboard and I have a problem of mapping XF86AudioPlay key. All the other keys for controlling brightness, music volume, mute, audio next, audio prev work well. This is the only ...
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Firefox paste stopped working

Good day guys, I've woken up today and realize that I can't paste into firefox. I've somehow fixed other GUI apps but the firefox still won't paste anything into it. UPDATE: Everything started ...
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How bind touch event to i3wm?

Is it possible to bindsym a MotionNotify event in i3 config? Something like: bindsym MotionNotify button1 kill
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Atom - incorrect theming in i3 on Arch Linux

I'm using the Ambiance Blackout GTK2/3 theme on i3 in Arch Linux. Most applications are themed correctly, but Atom in particular is using the wrong colors on dropdown menus, which I can't find a fix ...
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Remove margin around pantheon windows in i3?

It seems that Pantheon applications mess with i3 by adding a huge gap between windows/frames like in the screenshot below. Is there a way to use Pantheon applications in i3 without that border/margin?...
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Firefox Force High Contrast Mode on i3

So typically, firefox automatically recognizes if your OS (windows/linux) has a high contrast theme enabled. I am currently using i3 window manager on linux which does not have theme customization in ...
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i3 Window Manager switch window

So I do have i3 window manager on my Manjaro Linux. When I want to focus the windows on the left/right I just prest mod+left/right arrow and thats it. But now I launched 4 terminal windows (2 at the ...
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Turning off i3lock

So I'm using i3wm on my Manjaro for 2 days or so. The thing that really annoys me is the fact that whenever I go afk for like 5/10 minutes, the screen gets blurred and I have to type my password (a ...
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how to start a firefox with a different WM_CLASS? (or any other altered property like WM_NAME)

i'm on mint linux with i3wm i want to discriminate a special firefox session from the default sessions when its starts. So i need it to have at least one altered property right at the beginning (...
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i3wm urxvt wrapping issue when using hot key to launch. no issue when run from dmenu

Sorry for the long title. Wanted it be a little specific. I have an issue with my urxvt (rxvt-unicode) terminal emulator that's using a themed fish shell. The problem is that when I launch urxvt with ...
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Antergos from Cinnamon to i3

I hope I am asking this in the right place... I had been using Arch + i3 for many years. I was pretty happy but some of the functionality that should be available on my laptop was not. I figured out a ...
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How can I write a Swedish letter using i3wm as a window manager on ubuntu?

I use Ubuntu 16.04 and as a window manager i3wm. I have a German keyboard, how can I write the Swedish letter "å" (basically any foreign letter).
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Why i3 desktop is not scaling to fullscreen in vmware?

I'm on opensuse 13.2, login manager is lxdm, window manager is i3. When i3 desktop started, the only use the center part of the screen as you see in the below screenshot. If I switch to gnome or lxde ...
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xrandr --dpi does not affect Gnome Apps on i3wm

So I used xrandr --dpi in order to adjust the dpi of my HiDPI screen on i3wm on Arch (antergos). It seems to have worked well for i3 itself and other apps like Chrome and Telegram, but all the Gnome ...
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How to change keyboard layout in i3?

I am using 'i3` window manager on Fedora 25. I've already uninstalled GNOME Desktop. I want to change keyboard layout and set it to languages other than English, and desirably also to set it as Alt+...
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How to place i3bar on top?

How can I set i3bar of i3 window manager on top of the screen rather than being placed on its default position, that is bottom. I tried to examine the ~/.config/i3/config file but couldn't work it ...
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Window manager for Linux (like i3) - usage workflow?

Linux is my primary and only OS right now, I'm using Linux Mint 18 MATE. I've never used a window manager like i3, but the screen real estate and mouse-free functionality that they offer is making me ...
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Rofi Is Just A White Line

When ever I try to run rofi like this: bindsym $mod+d exec rofi -show run -lines 3 -eh 2 -width 100 -padding 800 -opacity "85" -bw 0 -bc "$bg-color" -bg "$bg-color" -fg "$text-color" -hlbg "$bg-color"...
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Run i3 (4.12) inside of Gnome (3.20.3)

I run Linux Manjaro and I really love the way Gnome 3 looks, but I hate having to manually move windows out of the way of each other. I tried i3 and really liked it, however it looks pretty hideous. ...
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i3 How to save background and screen resolution?

I'm running i3 on a Lubuntu os with very low end specs. i3 is a great desktop environment, but, every time I log out m y bg picture and screen resolution revert to default. I was wondering if any one ...
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Have bell mean window is urgent with gnome-terminal

How can I configure the terminal bell to mark the current window as urgent in gnome-terminal ? Related to this question. I'm using i3wm . Currently echo -e "\a" does nothing even if I'm on another ...
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change i3wm workspace / windows status to urgent

I have a shell script that I run on a distant server, and I'd like the i3 window status to become urgent so that the workspace button becomes red. How can I achieve that ?
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How do I set windows to floating by default without them resetting to floating when I reload config?

I have this neat rule in my i3 config file: # Set floating by default for_window [class="[.]*"] floating enable All windows are now floating by default when they first open. I think this is great. ...
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wmctrl command to create new workspace

Is there a wmctrl command to create a new workspace? I want to have a button at the end of my workspaces in my bar that will open a new workspace. Here is a screenshot of my bar so you know what I am ...
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How to configure xrandr to use builtin display as fallback

I have an external display at work that I use as my primary display while not using the builtin display of my laptop, e.g. xrandr --output eDP1 --off --output DP2-2 --auto However, when I go away ...
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Dynamic configuring multiple x-screens using RandR (xrandr) in Linux

I can use a external physical Dell monitor at work connecting it through VGA port to my ThinkPad laptop. I have Debian testing installed, along with KDE5.5 and i3wm. See detailed information below. ...
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Vim insert mode changes the font defined in ~/.Xresources

Background I am running Arch Linux with the i3 WM. I am trying to customize the font in Xterm by editing ~/.Xresources as every online resource online has told me to. What i have done I add the ...
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Error loading shared libraries: libcairo.so.2

when I try to start i3 I get the error: Error while loading shared libraries: libcairo.so.2: (Then the rest of the the error is cut off) How can I fix this? What does this mean? Note, I am an ...
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Run KDE applet from command line (within i3wm)

It would be lovely to have the "Application Menu, a launcher based on cascading popup menus" as an icon in my i3bar to have a general overview of the packages I have installed in my system, within ...