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Window Maker configuration
 
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Setup
Make sure it's your default window manager,
vi ~/.xinitrc
like,
#!/bin/ksh
set -e
xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
exec wmaker
Note. the background image gets loaded from wmaker configuration file (see below).
 
 
Customization
If you need to launch the application multiple times with the same dock button,
Launch the application > Right click on title bar > Attributes
Scroll > Application specific > No application icon
 
Create new workspaces,
Right click on desktop > New workspace
 
Change the style,
Right clik on desktop > Appearance > Styles > Purple
 
Change the background image (writes to the configuration file),
cp background_image.jpg ~/GNUstep/Library/WindowMaker/Backgrounds/
wmsetbg --center --update-wmaker background_image.jpg
 
 
Window Maker Preferences
Change the default position of application icons,
Edit settings > Icon Preferences > Icon Positioning > Top left
 
Add keyboard shortcuts,
Close active window : Alt-F4
Maximize active window : Alt-twosuperior
Note. "Switch to workspace" defaults are fine already (Alt-1, Alt-2, etc...)
 
 
Misc
To create icons, make sure you have ImageMagick installed. Convert the wanted image to XPM,
convert -resize 48x48 logo.png icon.xpm
 
To arrange terminals, launch some terminals (e.g. rxvt) and arrange them the way you want. Then find out their geometry,
xwininfo
copy those settings to a script. For example, this is nice for a 1024x768 screen,
#!/bin/ksh
set -e
rxvt -geometry 80x58+0+0 &
rxvt -geometry 80x33-51+0 &
rxvt -geometry 80x24-51-10 &
 

Last update: Sep 02, 2010