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Old 08-02-2007, 09:29 PM   #1
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Alt-Tab in X


Hi

In Kde you can use Alt-Tab to switch between applications. I wish to have 2 GUI applications running in X (started up by xinitrc) and to be able to Alt-Tab between the 2 applications but this does not work. Is there some way to add this key sequence to Linux (Mandriva 2007) to enable me to do this, or is this a feature of Kde?

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Old 08-02-2007, 11:21 PM   #2
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You mean that you wish to run the two applications, and have them both fullscreen, but not run KDE? Do you want the ability to launch other apps? The only way one can use X without a Window Manager (yours was provided by KDE) is to only run one X app at a time. I'd suggest you look around xwinman.org and find a simplistic wm. I seem to remember one that was just what you wanted - it kept all windows maximized and you alt-tabbed between them.
 
Old 08-04-2007, 04:00 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by tara
Hi

In Kde you can use Alt-Tab to switch between applications. I wish to have 2 GUI applications running in X (started up by xinitrc) and to be able to Alt-Tab between the 2 applications but this does not work. Is there some way to add this key sequence to Linux (Mandriva 2007) to enable me to do this, or is this a feature of Kde?

Thank you
tara
What does your xinitrc look like? I mean, are you
actually starting ANY window-manager?

It's certainly not a KDE only thing, I do it in
fluxbox all the time :}



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Old 08-05-2007, 06:10 PM   #4
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I wish to try to run 2 application, one is fullscreen with the other in the background but be able to bring it to the front occassionally, using alt-tab.

i'm not using an window manager as do not want to have any toolbars etc... it is easier to not have any of this stuff than to go and turn it all off. In xinitrc i just start the applications one after the other with & at end of 1st application.

i was just kind of wondering if there was any way to add Alt-Tab functionality to X without having a window manager. Like in inittab where you can turn on/off the ability to be able to do Ctrl-Alt-Del...
 
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I'm afraid that plain X will not allow you to do this. You may want
to consider something small and light like ratpoison or fluxbox. The
first doesn't have window decorations to be begin with as it's intended
to be driven w/o a mouse (hence the name). Fluxbox can be easily modified
to not display a tool-bar, and you can take away the window decorations so
people only see a minimal frame around your apps. Both these window managers
have a marginally small memory footprint.


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Definitely look at ratpoison.
 
  


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