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Questions tagged [i3-wm]

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

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How to add volume visual feedback to i3 window manager?

I've set a keybinding for my volume keys using pulse audio control command pactl: bindsym XF86AudioRaiseVolume exec --no-startup-id "pactl set-sink-volume @DEFAULT_SINK@ +5%" They work fine but I ...
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Install i3-gaps 18.04

I'm trying to install i3-gaps on Ubuntu 18.04, but I keep getting an error when I hit sudo make install; I also installed libxcb-shape0-dev dependency. The error I'm getting is : https://pastebin.com/...
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Switch from i3 to i3-gaps - cannot launch i3-gaps

I use Ubuntu 18.10. I installed i3 before, but I wanted i3-gaps now. So I uninstalled it. sudo apt purge i3* sudo apt autoremove This however did not remove the i3 option from the login screen (the ...
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Is it safe and secure to use 18.04 mini.iso minimal instalation for i3?

I took the 18.04 mini.iso, did a basic install. Selected automatic security updates. On software selection screen I selected nothing. Rebooted, installed xinit, i3 (and some x11 utilities package, ...
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Attempting to exit i3wm opens confirmation banner but doesn't give option to confirm

I'm using the key combination mod+shift+e. Online I've read that there should be an obvious way of confirming the exit but I'm not seeing it. The "X" closes the banner and hitting the combination ...
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Bluetooth connected no sound i3wm

Connected to bluetooth headphones, but the audio stream doesn't work. When I switch to try and use it as a headset, audio works, but is of phone call quality, and regular headphone stream doesn't work ...
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run i3wm as Mate DE window manager

I just installed i3wm on Ubuntu Mate 16.04. I'm using it alone, but I should "resolve" all the things like power-management, automount and so on. Since I do not have time I would start using i3wm ...
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Chromium/Opera “randomly” not rendering in i3

I'm on 18.04, using i3, and sometimes when I go from some workspace to a workspace containing chromium or opera, those windows aren't redrawing. I can still press ctrl+s to open a "save to" popup, ...
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ubuntu-minimal cannot mount usb as write or unmount as user

I am using a minimal install of ubuntu, not the de-minimal stuff... I am not sure if it is part of the problem but I don't really use a session manager other than the login shell from bash (same as ...
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Ubuntu 18.04: No sound with i3wm

I recently partitioned my system with a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04. Everything has been working fine so far, until I switched to i3. Whenever I use i3, there is no sound. I am using i3 version 4.13....
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Where can you find possible key combinations and their outputs?

So... I recently bought a keyboard with a US layout as they didn't have it for my native language. It is however missing the key on the keyboard where i normally do '\'. I am using I3 as my WM and ...
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How do I figure out what notification daemon is running?

I just installed i3wm after messing around with xmonad for a bit and I noticed that I'm receiving desktop notifications, like from Slack for example. I thought that i3 came with a notifications ...
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No background image with Ubuntu 18.04.1 with i3

I've a fresh Ubuntu install running in VMWare. I installed i3 with sudo apt install i3. It seemed to install fine and I can switch to it in the Display Manager no problem. Loading in however there ...
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Security risk with scripts that write to /sys/class

I was looking for a way to make my laptop's special keys work with i3-wm. I ran into this post and used the script there to create my own. This is what I came up with for the screen brightness (on my ...
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pm-suspend won't work with i3wm

I recently installed i3wm and I'm currently configurating it. But I'm looking for a way to suspend my computer, I found pm-suspend. The problem is that the command won't work. After executing sudo pm-...
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Adding network selection clickable menu in polybar

is there any way to integrate a network selection menu(wifi) in polybar? I'm using i3 with polybar and this is the only thing missing in my setup. If you know any programs that can do this please ...
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LightDM not loading any window managers

Short version: LightDM doesn't quite load my i3 session correctly and fails splendidly at loading my vanilla Unity desktop session. I suspect it's a problem with LightDM's configuration or various ...
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Something is overriding Sublime Text's shortcut Ctrl+Alt+P

I am using i3wm. I have Sublime Text installed, but its shortcut Ctrl+Alt+P which is used for quickly switching between projects, is not working. It works under other desktop environments, but some ...
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Layout switching with a variant in i3wm

I want to use a variant of bd layout called probhat along with the default us layout. So in my i3 config file I have the following lines as startup commands exec --no-startup-id "setxkbmap -layout us,...
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Choose notification daemon having multiple window managers

I have Xubuntu 16.04 and multiple window managers installed. I'm migrating from Xfce to i3wm, but in the meantime I want to maintain both installed in my system. So I don't want to uninstall any ...
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Window Manager Switching and (Chrome?) Browser Cookies?

Very similar to this question, but will add the following: I switch between i3wm and the default Ubuntu 16 window manager. In Chrome, web sites ask me to login after each time I switch window managers....
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I3 with HiDPI dispkay

I am using i3vm with a display with 2560x1440 resolution. The issues is that all the fonts are small, and I don't have a clear idea on how to solve this problem. I am loocking for a global solution, ...
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How to have termite background transparency without text being affected?

I am running Ubuntu 18.04 with i3 and Compton compositor. Now I installed termite and I really want a transparent background. which I can achieve by adding this in my termite config [colors] ...
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How can i3 use gnome settings in Ubuntu 18.04

In the past (probably 16.04), simply running gnome-settings-daemon allows gnome settings to work in i3 including hidpi settings, media keys, and touchpad preferences. In Ubuntu 18.04, there is no ...
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How can I adjust the screen brightness in i3wm on Ubuntu 16.04?

I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 on a System76 laptop. The brightness controls (i.e. Fn+F8 and Fn+F9) work great in Unity/Compiz/Gnome/whatever is default, but when I change to using i3wm instead I get... ...
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How can I change the power related settings (suspend, hibernate…) with the command line only?

I am using Ubuntu 18.04 with i3wm, so I don't have access to the settings menu from Gnome. I am using a laptop in a dock with two external monitors hooked up to it. The lid is closed while it's in ...
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gdm - how to rotate screen with xrandr

I have a default install of ubuntu 18.04, plus i3 installed. i3 probably not relevant, but providing it for context as having the screen rotated in the window manager is 90% of what i need. Looking ...
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installed i3, but no WindowManager choice present on login (Gdm / Ubuntu 18.04)

I have a default install of 18.04 desktop. I've installed i3, which succeeded, including creating /usr/share/xsessions/i3.desktop as in How do you add a new window manager to the gdm menu? On the ...
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Switching to i3 in 18.04

I installed i3 with sudo apt-get install i3. But if I try to launch it via terminal, it says another window manager is running. In older versions of Ubuntu, there was a round button at the login ...
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Installing i3 on Ubuntu 18.04 [duplicate]

I'm trying to install i3 desktop environment and I just can't figure out how. I'm following tutorial here. and I'm stuck on the line: echo "deb http://debian.sur5r.net/i3/ $(grep '^DISTRIB_CODENAME=' ...
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Key hold not registered after xkbmap language switch

I'm using i3wm with ubuntu 16.04. To switch between languages, I have following in my .config/i3/config: exec_always setxkbmap "us,ru" ",winkeys" "grp:alt_shift_toggle" The problem is: I press and ...
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Emacs gtk keys not working in ubuntu 18.04 with i3

Ubuntu 18.04 with i3 4.15 Note: works with Ubuntu default gnome desktop :-( and is a regression to 16.04. bash> gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme 'Emacs' and Keyboard &...
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Configuring compose key via command line

I use i3 window manager and I'm trying to activate Alt Gr as compose key to be able to type accented letters. Any idea how to do this?
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i3wm dual monitor with HDMI and DISPLAYPORT

I have i3 wm running on ubuntu. I have 2 screens once connected with HDMI and the other one with DISPLAYPORT. The latter actually uses an adaptor HDMI to DISPLAYPORT. The second screen does not ...
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How do I adjust screen brightness when using a different environment from GNOME/Unity on Ubuntu 18.04?

I'm using a Dell XPS13 on Ubuntu 18.04 and I'm able to use the screen brightness keys just fine when I'm using the default desktop environment (Unity? GNOME?). However, when I log in with i3 the keys ...
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Switching back to GDM

I am running Ubuntu 17.10. I decided to try the I3 window manager, but do not like it. Now I can't switch back to Gnome. The login screen does not have a place to select the window manager to use. (...
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Copy gnome fn keys binding to i3

Is it possible to copy gnome shell fn keybindings over to i3? I'm giving i3 a shot but it seems I have to manually bind fn keys in i3 config, but these keys already work out of the box in GNOME ...
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Messed up with a Window Manager, how do I disable it from GRUB menu?

I was following a guide to install i3-gaps and successfully changed to it from the login screen. When I logged in from there, nothing loaded up (blank desktop) and it seems as if the keyboard won't ...
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i3 wm individual language for each window

How to save input language individually for each window in i3 on Ubuntu? It's analogue to gnome "Allow different sources for each window".
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i3block font awesome not working

I recently switched to using i3 on a macbook pro running ubuntu 16.04 and a friend sent me their config file for i3blocks. A dependency is font-awesome, but for the life of me I can't get the right ...
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Xserver not starting on tty7

so I installed Ubuntu in a minimal install, it is going well until I installed the X server. instead of spawning in tty7 which is where it normally is... it spawn at tty2. this may not seams like a ...
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How to make Emacs transparent with i3-wm?

As instructed here I added the following lines to my emacs configuration file: (set-frame-parameter (selected-frame) 'alpha '(85 . 50)) (add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(alpha . (85 . 50))) But ...
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How do I setup i3wm on Ubuntu 17.10?

So I just did a fresh install of Ubuntu 17.10, and updated everything. The issue is after installing the i3wm with the console command: sudo apt-get install i3 I can't use it. I log out, I click ...
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i3-wm switching from dual do single screen - unplugging hdmi

Switching from a 2 monitor set up (external screen), to a single monitor (internal laptop screen), i3 still "places" workspaces on the disconnected screen. I tried: i3-msg restart but it doesn't ...
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How to enable Bluetooth in i3wm in Ubuntu 16.04?

I want to connect my Bluetooth keyboard to Ubuntu when I login in i3wn. The keyboard can connect to Ubuntu when I login in Unity. In I3wm, when I type sudo systemctl status bluetooth.service The ...
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inconsolata font doesn't show up on terminal preferences

I'm on 16.04 running the i3 window manager. I recently installed the inconsolata font using: $ sudo apt-get install fonts-inconsolata I updated the cache: $ sudo fc-cache -fv The font appears to ...
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Back up the home directory [duplicate]

I use Ubuntu 17.10 with i3 as window manager. I would like to backup my home directory to an external HDD. How could I do such a thing? With the terminal?
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Strange background on desktop with Nvidia driver

I installed the base system from 16.04's mini.iso and am using i3. Whenever I go to a new desktop, I'm using the nvidia 387 drivers, if that's relevant. It's a new install so I'm still trying out ...
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Use US(International with dead keys) in i3wm

I'm began to work on ubuntu (and arch) with i3wm, I usually use the US International layout on Windows. I set the keyboard of the default Ubuntu to US(International with dead keys) which works fine, ...
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Volume keys stop working when I switch audio outputs

I'm using pavucontrol to swap between my sound card and my USB DAC. Whenever I change my output device - the volume keys no longer control the audio volume. Here is my .i3/config file bindsym ...