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Old 06-23-2004, 09:14 AM   #1
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Expose (Mac) analog on Linux = Skippy

Hey all

I am the kind of person who likes to keep a lot of windows open while i work.
And when i saw Mac's Expose for the first time, I felt very jealous, as i clearly understood the usefullness of the feature.

It seams that there are a couple of tools available for linux that simulate its behaviour. They are Skippy and Expocity. I have not looked into the second as I heard that it's kind of hacked.
Skippy looks promising tho, but, out of the two its versions (vanilla and XD that uses XDamage and other X extensions), I tried only the vanilla.
The vanilla one has a very limited usability as it does not update the smaller version of the window if the window's contents update (only when you resize the window it updates) as well as vanilla version has to raise up all the windows to take its snapshot (which is very flaky with KDE, Gnome is fine tho)
The XD version is supposed to solve these two problems AFAIK.

So I installed all of the required extension packages, but get the following message upon running the program:

FATAL: XDamage extension not found

I tried googling it , but to no avail.
Has anyone give it a shot? Do i need to have the XOrg? or would also work on XFree86? (thats what i have)

Looked in the code, and thats the place that reports the error:

if(! XDamageQueryExtension (dpy, &mw->damage_event_base, &error_base))
fprintf(stderr, "FATAL: XDamage extension not found.\n");

Any help would be appreciated



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