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i3 is a dynamic tiling window manager inspired by wmii. It supports tiling, stacking, and tabbing layouts.

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Everything is too small on a new i3 install

I run a Ubuntu 22.04 on gnome. I just installed i3 on it. But everything is too small and tiny. After searching around the web, I also tried running xrandr --dpi 120 on terminal. I tried putting exec -...
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How to switch to i3 and back without leaving session?

Consider a system with the default Ubuntu 22.04. After installing i3 using sudo apt install i3 I can use i3 by logging out, switching to i3 on the login screen and then logging in again. Is it ...
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Dunst progress bar i3 Ubuntu22.04

I've been experiencing issues with Dunst notifications. Despite setting up everything according to the documentation and troubleshooting as much as I could, I can't seem to get the progress bars to ...
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Uncontrolled and dangerous volume level increase breaking my ears and my headsets

I've encountered an unusual issue and I need assistance. It started about a year ago. Sometimes, usually once a month, the volume on my device suddenly skyrockets out of control. It increases rapidly, ...
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Is there a way to get *activities overview* on ubuntu while using i3?

I'm using i3-wm as it's very convenient in general, once you get ahead of the initial learning curve. I miss the activity overview tho, since it allows you to loosely look for applications, files,... ...
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Running docker daemon in i3

I recently switched from GNOME to i3 on my Ubuntu 22.04. I am having trouble running docker as a non-root user. If I run a docker command as-is, it'll give me a "Cannot connect error". $> ...
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How to find which application is used ctrl+y?

my sistem is xubuntu 22.04 with i3wm window manager. Now, when i press ctrl+y, the cursor has transformed into a cross and requires you to select an area to copy to the clipboard, it will be an image ...
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i3 not showing on my login screen (Ubuntu 22.04)

I newly installed Ubuntu and later i3, it was working for a while but suddenly among other things i3 stopped working, the "other things" were fixed by simply reinstalling them or installing ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 i3 Dark Mode

After switching to i3, the "Appearance" option is no longer available in the gnome-control-center. How do I re-set dark mode?
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Can't add my custom app to i3 search bar (mod+d) using .desktop file

I installed an executable (godot in my exemple), I want to start it in an other way than going to the terminal and executing the executable. I am using i3 so I want to add it to my search bar results (...
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How do I use i3wm long with all gnome and ubuntu default software?

I'm currently trying out i3wm on my Ubuntu system (Ubuntu 23.04), but am having some difficulties. I like the window manager, and I like the easily customizable config file, but I'm having a lot of ...
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System freezes when using i3 or bspwm

When I am using standard Ubuntu load - everything is fine, I can work for hours. I first tried installing i3 to replace standard Ubuntu, but it had that weird problem that when I used it for a couple ...
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Adding a nohup command to .profile

This has been annoying me for a while. There's this Polybar module called Greenclip that is equivalent to the clipboard icon we see in some DEs such as KDE. In order for it to work, I need to run the ...
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Which EVENT triggers DPMS to blank out screen

I deinstalled almost everything and set up i3. I want to use only i3lock and nothing extended Now I want i3lock to trigger whenever dpms blanks screen out. The question is, which event is making the ...
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Full screen in gnome desktop similar to i3-wm?

I used tiling window manager and I like two things that is tiling and full screen mode. By using pop shell in gnome, I got the tiling but I didn't find any resources for full screen such that no panel ...
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screen 1 occaionally blanks for a second

On an Ubuntu 22.04 LTS system with dual 4K monitors and running i3 under X, I occasionally see one of the screens go black for a second, then recover. The affected screen is not always the same nor ...
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Display Numbering Question

I have two monitors and when I log in my authentication/login prompt always appears on the right monitor. When I went to try to figure out if it was due to the primary monitor being set wrong I ...
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Config error in i3, when using the command: gaps [closed]

I just tried tried to add gaps to i3, just by adding gaps inner 5px but when I restart the config, I get a config error for this line. Why is that?
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i3 - How to prevent blank screen & auto lock?

How can I prevent my screen from going blank & auto-locking after some time when using i3 ? I saw some people talking about modifying a .xinitrc file but I don't have such a file in my home ...
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Lubuntu 20.04 unable to switch window manager

I am aware that when using ubuntu to switch window managers you have to select it in the 'gear icon' upon startup. This option is not available in Lubuntu. My window manager is Openbox and I want to ...
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Dock changed after i3 installation

My dash on the left hand side of the desktop is suddenly at the bottom of the desktop after I installed the i3 window manager (sudo apt install i3) and logged in and out of an i3 session. I tried: ...
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Sticky keys in tiling window manager

what is the best tiling window manager that supports sticky keys? I learned I3, but unfortunately it doesn't support sticky keys and I didn't find any applications to install on I3 that supports ...
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i3wm significant lag vs. normal ubuntu gnome session

I use i3wm for a couple of years now on Ubuntu. Never had an issue like this one before. I just upgraded to 22.10, but after the update, while in i3wm, I have the following issues: Whenever I open an ...
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Change Keyboard Layout without losing another keybinds

To switch between the layout, using the Alt+Shift, I use this command : setxkbmap -layout "us,ara" -option 'grp:alt_shift_toggle' But, When I use some keys like Left+ Shift+i it's will ...
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HiDPI screen and full HD screen setup in i3wm sccaling?

My laptop(Asus Vivobook S14 intel i5 12th gen intel Xe graphics) screen reslution is 2880x1800(eDP-1) and external display @1280x1024_60.02*. I was able to correcly scale my laptop screen by editing ...
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HiDPI screen problem in i3wm

I have a screen of the following configuration 2880x1800 90.00*+ laptop spec Asus vivobook s14 intel i5 12th gen, intel ires graphics, ubuntu 22.04LTS Ubuntu on Wayland works fine with scaling set ...
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The Save As dialog does not let me type a file name. How can I fix that?

In some programs like Firefox (Snap), if I trigger Save as... a dialog opens. If I try to modify the file name, I can move the caret with the cursor keys but as soon as I press any key to enter text, ...
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How to troubleshoot xdg-desktop-portal in i3 wm?

I am troubleshooting the known "Firefox cannot open file dialogs" error, with Firefox printing this message on every attempt: Gtk-WARNING **: 22:45:36.767: Can't open portal file chooser: ...
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Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish cannot install i3-gaps

I am running the latest release of ubuntu 22.04, I like I3 and wanted to start using I3-gaps instead. unfortunetly no matter which ppa I try to use it I get "404 not found" and "jammy ...
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add-apt-respository keeps timing out

I'm trying to add a ppa to install i3 gaps on my ubuntu machine, but add-apt-respository keeps timing out every time. Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/bin/add-apt-repository", ...
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Bind a Super key to Alt_R in i3

I'm setting up i3 for the first time and I ran into a problem. For my modkey I can choose between Mod1(Alt keys) and Mod4(Super key). I need my Left Alt key free for my text editor, so I can't choose ...
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i3WM: How to select a window with both class and name simultaneously?

My i3 config file includes the next line: for_window [title="Error"] kill; floating enable; border none Which makes every single window with the word "Error" (case sensitive) to ...
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Struggling to get low battery notifications with i3?

I am using ubuntu 22.04. I use i3 and tried to install i3-battery-popup. I added this to my i3/config but it doesnt work. exec --no-startup-id i3-battery-popup -n -D -L 20 -l 10 Is there a better ...
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Latin american keyboard layout not detected on i3

In previous ubuntu versions, during the installation process, I selected English language and the latin american keyboard layout. When installing i3, it worked as expected. On 22.04: When using the ...
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tap to click / touchpad settings not consistent between restarts

I recently updated to Ubuntu 20.04 and am using i3. I am using this previously-answered solution to turn on tap to click. Tap to open item doesn't work in Lubuntu 20.04 RedmiBook 15 And I added ...
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I have bumblebee status installed, this is my first time using it, but the powerline like themes don't have arrows

I am using i3 window manager. This is what is happening to me. I know it's supposed to be an actual arrow. This is currently with the iceberg-powerline theme, but this happens with most others. What ...
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Select i3 window manager in Xubuntu 21.10 but the OS is identified as Ubuntu 21.10 instead of Xubuntu 21.10

I am learning i3. I have installed i3 in Xubuntu 21.10 and selected i3 as window manager in login screen. I ran neofetch and it mentioned that OS is Ubuntu 21.10 instead of Xubuntu 21.10. Is this ...
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i3-radius dependancy issues

The issue Installing from source (https://github.com/terroo/i3-radius) I cloned that repo went to the folder and ran ./configure everything is going to plan but it needs some dependencies. Okay no ...
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Every time the notebook wakes up, it pastes the clipboard into the current application

I want to get rid of the minor annoyance I have for over a year. I have a Dell XPS 9500 notebook with Ubuntu 20.04, and i3wm installed on top of it. Every time my notebook wakes from suspend, it ...
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Unknown GPU show at neofetch [closed]

Output of neofetch is below. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600H with Radeon Graphics (12) @ 3.000GHz GPU: AMD ATI 04:00.0 Renoir My GPU should be Radeon Graphics, it says "with" at CPU line, does it ...
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Why does the KDE lock screen appear in Regolith Desktop when installed alongside Kubuntu?

I recently installed Regolith Desktop to use alongside Kubuntu Desktop. I have fully disabled screen locking in Kubuntu, such that my display just goes to sleep without needing a password to resume. ...
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Where can I change the keyboard shortcuts that open control panels in Kubuntu?

I recently installed Regolith Desktop to use alongside Kubuntu Desktop. I really like it, but unfortunately some KDE/Plasma settings are spilling over into Regolith. One thing that is bothering me is ...
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Why does this bash script generate Exit code 2 in i3block?

I used this bash script for i3block, but I get Exit code 2: #!/bin/bash sink=$(pacmd list-sinks | grep '* index:') if [[ "${sink:11:11}" -eq "1" ]] then echo 'usb' else ...
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Convert a ruby ​script to a bash script

I need to turn this ruby ​​script into bash for i3 on Ubuntu: #!/usr/bin/env ruby sink = %x`pacmd list-sinks | grep -e 'name:' -e 'index:' -e 'active'` er = /\* index: ([0-9])/ er.match sink if $...
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Disable compton/picom on regolith

How can I disable compton/picom in Regolith 1.6 (the i3wm "desktop")?
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Google chrome looses all cookies when logging in a different desktop environment (ubuntu and i3)

See the title, I am using the same application in both cases and same account, but I have to login again everytime, which is not expected behavior. If I leave i3, go on Ubuntu desktop and back on i3, ...
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i3 and highdpi / HD dual screens: how to scale properly?

I have two monitors: DP-1: 1920x1080 (hd, secondary) eDP-1: 3840x2160 (4k, main) My problem: I want to set my 4k monitor to 200% scaling @ 3840x2160, and my HD monitor to 100% scaling @ 1920x1080 ...
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Options for remote desktop with single session and hide local screen in 2021?

I have an Ubuntu 20.04 desktop at work which I need to remote into. I'm able to with xrdp, but there's a problem: Every time I remote in it creates a new session, and when I sign in locally that ...
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i3wm Blue square that wraps around applications

So I need to change the bar wrapping around apps in Ubuntu (20.04) in i3 example here: its kinda hard to see but it indicates what app has the focus for typing or what ever...
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Can't completely remove distro Regolith; alternative session is still available

I tried Regolith on my VM to play with i3. I liked this distro very much and wanted to install it on my main machine. I'm trying to remove it on my VM. I followed this official uninstallation guide: ...
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