9wm

9wm(1)                      General Commands Manual                     9wm(1)



NAME
       9wm - 8-1/2-like Window Manager for X

SYNOPSIS
       9wm [ -grey ] [ -version ] [ -font fname ] [ -term termprog ] [
       exit|restart ]

DESCRIPTION
       9wm is a window manager for X which attempts to emulate the window
       management policies of Plan 9's 8-1/2 window manager.

       The -grey option makes the background light grey, as does 8-1/2.  Use
       this option for maximum authenticity.  -font fname sets the font in
       9wm's menu to fname, overriding the default.  -term termprog specifies
       an alternative program to run when the New menu item is selected.
       -version prints the current version on standard error, then exits.

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

       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 9wm.  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.

       A menu of window operations is available by pressing button 3 outside
       the current window.  The first of these, New, attempts to spawn a 9term
       process (or xterm if 9term is not available).  The new 9term will
       request that its outline be swept using button 3 of the mouse, by
       changing the cursor.  (xterm defaults to a fixed size, and thus wants
       to be dragged; pressing button 3 places it.)

       The next four menu items are Reshape, Move, Delete, and Hide.  All of
       the 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.
       Otherwise, if the operation was Resize, the user is prompted to sweep
       out the new outline with button 3.  If it was 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.

       If the Delete operation is selected, the window will be deleted when
       the button is released.  This typically kills the client that owns the
       window.  The Hide operation just 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.

BUGS
       Is not completely compatible with 8-1/2.

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

SEE ALSO
       9term(1), xterm(1).



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