9wm






9wm − rio‐like Window Manager for X

9wm [ −border ] [ −cursor cursor ] [ −version ] [ −font
fname ] [ −term termprog ] [ −active color ] [ −inactive
color ] [ ]


9wm is a window manager for X which attempts to emulate the
window management policies of Plan 9’s rio window manager.

     9wm is click‐to‐type: it has a notion of the current
window, which is usually on top, and always has its border
darkened.  Characters typed at the keyboard go to the
current window, and mouse clicks outside the current window
are swallowed up by To make another window the current one,
click on it with button 1.  Unlike other X window managers,
9wm implements ‘mouse focus’: mouse events are sent only to
the current window.




−border
     Shrinks the size of window borders to be more like
     Plan9.

−cursor cursor
     Sets the cursor to one of two custom Plan9‐style
     cursors: or Use this option for maximum authenticity.

−font fname
     Sets the font in menu to overriding the default.

−term termprog
     Specifies an alternative program to run when the New
     menu item is selected.

−active color
     Sets the color of the active window border, which
     defaults to black.

−inactive color
     Sets the color of the inactive window border, which
     defaults to white.

−version
     Prints the current version on standard error, then
     exits.




     A menu of window operations is available by pressing
button 3 outside the current window.









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New  attempts to spawn an xterm process (unless the −term
     argument is used).

     All of the next operations change the cursor into a
target, prompting the user to click button 3 on one of the
windows to select it for the operation.  At this stage,
clicking button 1 or 2 will abort the operation.

Resize
     The user is prompted to sweep out the new outline with
     button 3.

Move The user should keep the button held down after the
     initial click that selected the window, and drag the
     window to the right place before releasing.  In either
     case, button 1 or 2 will abort the operation.

Delete
     The window will be deleted when the button is released.
     This typically kills the client that owns the window.

Hide Makes the window invisible.  While hidden, the window’s
     name appears on the bottom of the button 3 menu.
     Selecting that item brings the window back (unhides
     it).  This operation replaces the iconification feature
     provided by other window managers.

     To make 9wm exit, you have to run 9wm exit on the
command line.  There is no ‘‘exit’’ menu item.


Is not completely compatible with rio.


     There is a currently a compiled‐in limit of 32 hidden
windows.