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Old 01-20-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried mcwm on Slackware?


I came across this wm while searching for some evilwm info. Any Slackware users tried it?

http://hack.org/mc/hacks/mcwm/
 
Old 01-21-2012, 11:41 AM   #2
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Not yet but it looks very interesting! Thanks for posting about it. Will post a SlackBuild shortly if noone else beats me to it.

edit: Looks like mcwm requires recompilation in order to change its configuration so a SlackBuild is not that useful.

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Old 01-21-2012, 12:29 PM   #3
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Actual usage report. Mcwm is *really* close to what im looking in a window manager, with some extras like its usage of XCB protocol.

Here's what i miss from ratpoison:

1) No rudeness setting
How ratpoison defines rudeness:
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rudeness [rudeness]
Show or set what kind of windows are allowed to jostle into the foreground.

rudeness is a bitwise or of the following values:
1 Transient windows may raise.
2 Normal windows may raise.
4 New transient windows end up in the foreground.
8 New normal windows end up in the foreground.

Default is all allowed i.e. 15.
I dont think any window manager has more flexible handling of this. It's the number one reason of sticking to ratpoison for me.

2) In ratpoison pressing the escape key, or modifier key (Mod4) as the mcwm author calls it, means the window manager is waiting for input. Again a feature not present in any other window manager.

3) No bind command. In ratpoison's config i can
Code:
bind h exec xset dpms force off
restart the wm and voila, C-t h blanks the screen

4) No internal command line.

5) No time printing (C-t a in ratpoison)

6) Some small stuff like banish, no definekey command, no keybind to quit the window manager which are not that important.

Last edited by sahko; 01-21-2012 at 01:54 PM. Reason: fix typos
 
Old 01-25-2012, 07:47 PM   #4
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Actual usage report. Mcwm is *really* close to what im looking in a window manager, with some extras like its usage of XCB protocol.
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Just curious as I wasn't able to actually try and install it before I left on a trip, did you need to compile the XCB libs to run this? I didn't see the XCB libs on Slackbuilds.org so I assume you found the sources and compiled them? Are you familiar with evilwm if so how did mcwm compare to evilwm?
 
Old 01-29-2012, 02:19 PM   #5
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No, i didnt have to compile anything extra than what already got on my system. I am not replacing any relevant Slackware packages though. The latest version just works on -current.

I had once tried evilwm but i dont recall much about its operation, sorry.
 
  


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