evilwm - Minimalist Window Manager for X
evilwm [ -display display ] [ -term termprog
] [ -fn fontname ] [ -fg foreground-colour ] [
-fc fixed-colour ] [ -bg background-colour ] [
-bw borderwidth ] [ -snap num ] [ -mask1
modifiers ] [ -mask2 modifiers ] [ -altmask
modifier ] [ [ -app name/class ] [ -geometry
geometry ] [ -dock ] [ -vdesk vdesk ] [
-fixed ] ]... [ -nosoliddrag ] [ -V ]
evilwm is a minimalist window manager based on aewm, extended to feature
many keyboard controls, and otherwise altered to be more friendly.
In evilwm, the focus follows the mouse pointer, and focus
is not lost if you stray onto the root window. The current window border is
shaded gold, with other windows left as a dark grey.
You can use the mouse to manipulate windows either by
click/dragging the 1 pixel border, or by holding down Alt and doing so
anywhere in the client window. The controls are:
- Button 1
- Move window.
- Button 2
- Resize window.
- Button 3
- Lower window.
Most keyboard controls are used by holding down Control and Alt,
then pressing a key. Available functions are:
- Spawn new terminal.
- Delete current window. Hold Shift as well to force kill a client.
- Lower current window.
- H, J, K, L
- Move window left, down, up or right (16 pixels). Holding Shift resizes the
- Y, U, B, N
- Move window to top-left, top-right, bottom-left or bottom-right of
- Show information about current window.
- Maximise current window vertically (toggle).
- Maximise current window (toggle).
- Toggle visible state of docks (e.g., pagers and launch bars).
If compiled with virtual desktop support, these functions are also
- Fix or unfix current window.
- Switch virtual desktop.
- Previous virtual desktop.
- Next virtual desktop.
- Switch to the most recently unmapped virtual desktop.
In addition to the above, Alt+Tab can be used to cycle through
windows on screen.
To make evilwm exit, you have to kill the process.
- -display display
- specifies the X display to run on.
- -term termprog
- specifies an alternative program to run when spawning a new terminal
(defaults to xterm, or x-terminal-emulator in Debian). Separate arguments
with whitespace, and escape needed whitespace with a backslash. Remember
that special characters will also need to be protected from the
- -fn fontname
- specify a font to use when resizing or displaying window titles.
- -fg foreground-colour
- frame colour of currently active window.
- -fc fixed-colour
- frame colour of active fixed windows.
- -bg background-colour
- frame colour of inactive windows.
- -bw borderwidth
- width of window borders in pixels.
- -snap num
- enable snap-to-border support. num gives the proximity in pixels to snap
- -mask1 modifiers, -mask2 modifiers, -altmask
- override the default keyboard modifiers used to grab keys for window
manager functionality. mask1 is used for most keyboard controls
(default: control+alt), and mask2 is used for mouse button controls
and cycling windows (default: alt). altmask is used to modify the
behaviour of certain controls (default: shift). Modifiers may be separated
with + signs. Valid modifiers are shift, lock, control, alt, mod1, mod2,
mod3, mod4, mod5.
- -app name/class
- match an application by instance name and class (for help in finding
these, use the xprop tool to extract the WM_CLASS property).
Subsequent -geometry, -dock, -vdesk and -fixed
options will apply to this match.
- -g, -geometry geometry
- apply a geometry (using a standard X geometry string) to applications
matching the last -app.
- specify that application should be considered to be a dock, even if it
lacks the appropriate property.
- -v, -vdesk vdesk
- specify a default virtual desktop for applications matching the last
-app. Note that desktops are numbered from 0.
- -f, -fixed
- specify that application is to start with a fixed client window (-s
is also accepted to be compatible with previous versions).
- draw a window outline while moving or resizing.
- print version number.
evilwm will also read options, one per line, from a file
called .evilwmrc in the user's home directory. Options listed in a
configuration file should omit the leading dash. Options specified on the
command line override those found in the configuration file.
The author's idea of friendly may differ to that of many other people.
Ciaran Anscomb <email@example.com>.
aewm was written by Decklin Foster <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
9wm was written by David Hogan <email@example.com>.
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