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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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After trying to install keyman, tried fixing python, reboot, then 404 error and ending up having no keyboard options [duplicate]

I first started by following the steps here: https://keyman.com/linux/, but I kept getting this error: The following packages have unmet dependencies: keyman : Depends: python3-keyman-config but it ...
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How can I start automatically a command on Ubuntu 18.04?

I have a small command like this xinput set-prop "XP-PEN G430S Pen Pen (0)" --type=float "Coordinate Transformation Matrix" 1.155756, 0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000, 1.529, 0.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000,...
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I3WM: How can I restore a window from scratchpad keeping its original status/dimensions?

I am using this code inside my ~/.config/i3/config file: bindsym $mod+Shift+minus move scratchpad bindsym $mod+Shift+plus scratchpad show This allow me to hit the Super+Shift+- keys to move the ...
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Compton no longer makes terminal windows transparent

I had compton installed and added to my i3 config file, and it was working great until today it won't make the windows transparent on startup. When I tried killing the process (I have it setup as ...
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Gnome broken after i3 installation

I just wanted to give gnome a try again after using i3 for quite a while. When I logged in using a gnome session, there where major graphical glitches (see image), lots of error reports (apparently ...
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polybar Dropping unmatched character error

I'm using i3 with polybar including some font awesome characters in my workspace names but when I start polybar, it shows these errors: warn: Dropping unmatched character  (U+e26f) warn: Dropping ...
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How to display different information on polybar by clicking on one module?

I'm using polybar on Ubuntu 18.04 with i3. I like my polybar to display a lot of information but it takes too much space. When I use too much workspaces at the same time, the information on my bar ...
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i3 window manager mantablockscreen not getting started

I'm trying to use mantablockscreen but I'm completely down about it. It just doesn't start when I enter mantablockscreen and its tells bash: /usr/local/bin/mantablockscreen: /bin/env: bad ...
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i3 dmenu not working in Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS

I have recently installed i3 but when I login, mod+d for dmenu and mod+shift+e for logout doesn't work and it won't let me logout! I know these two important shortcuts and I don't know if there are ...
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How to run i3 in an X client in macOS connected to a Raspberry Pi through ssh (with -XY flags)?

I've installed i3 and xorg to the Raspberry, it works fine locally. I've enabled ssh and X11 Forwarding, and I can run little programs, like xeyes from my mac. If I try to run i3, I'm getting this log ...
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Add an application in the i3wm menu

I am unable to find the Firefox Developer Edition Browser in the i3 menu (using +D). I have installed and it works perfectly fine in Ubuntu GNOME, and also through the terminal in i3. However, how can ...
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Custom gnome sessions .desktop Vs .xsession

I've patched together a primitive understanding of gnome custom sessions from https://zork.net/~st/jottings/gnome-i3.html https://help.gnome.org/admin/system-admin-guide/stable/session-custom.html....
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Selective execution of .xinitrc for different DEs/WMs?

I recently finished my GNOME customisation and always have i3 on my machine because I like having the option to use it. I recently hit a roadblock when I realised if I put in a .xinitrc file to set my ...
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i3 not working after uninstalling Unity

I'm running Ubuntu 18.04.04. I installed i3 yesterday, and it worked great. Today I decided I'd uninstall the default Gnome desktop. I followed the steps outlined here: https://askubuntu.com/a/...
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i3wm: Two separate Firefox profiles in rofi + assign each profile to a different workspace

On Windows, I could install two different instances of Firefox linked to two different profiles. There were two icons on the desktop and on the start menu to see which one is which. I just migrated ...
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i3wm lagging in Ubuntu 18.04

I installed i3wm on Ubuntu 18.04 on my Thinkpad T470p. in 16.04 it all worked perfectly fine and smooth. I copied the conifg file for i3 before installing Ubuntu 18.04 However, in Ubuntu 18.04, i3wm ...
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No screen update after login to i3wm on new installation in Ubuntu 18.04

After installation of i3 and display manager (tried lightdm and gdm3) after logging in the screen ceases to update. I can still see the mouse pointer which updates its icon according to its position....
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Ubunut 19.10 + i3 WM freezing constantly

Update: The few people that responded seem to focus on the graphic card issues, however trying to replicate with heavy GPU load has yielded nothing ,but trying to replicate with loads of FS usage has (...
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How can I use the network manager to connect to an internal and internet network?

I want to connect to two networks: one via ethernet (an intranet without internet access) and WiFi for wireless access. Both networks use a different subnet. I've setup a separate ethernet connection ...
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How to make i3 contain “Always on top windows” in i3+KDE setup?

The issue The Plasma "Add Widget" window is always on top, and due to this i3wm is unable to tile it. Also, since it is outside i3's management, hence I can't focus on it as well, which prohibits me ...
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Notifications wrongly positioned in my KDE+i3wm setup

I am observing a weird behavior on my KDE+i3wm setup. The issue The issue is with the positioning of the notifications. Even though I have configured the notifications to appear near the panel. They ...
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Issue when login into i3: Black screen with cursor, the screen appears when clicking

After I rebooted I had this issue where the screen stays black and the cursor works but the screen doesn't refresh. I'm simply trying to login to my laptop running i3, which is supposed to load my ...
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How can I copy currently played song to clipboard in ncmpcpp?

I can't find a way to copy a title of currently played song in ncmpcpp to clipboard. Is there any shortcut to do this ? Ubuntu Version: 19.10: $ lsb_release -r Release: 19.10 ncmpcpp 0.8.2: $ ...
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i3wm touchpad “touch” doesn't work

I use i3 window manager, the problem is that touchpad doesn't work when I just "touch" it, it works only when I press it till a click. Is there any way to configure that function? PS: when logged ...
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Multple processes with i3wm

I am setting up i3wm. In my config file I put: exec_always --no-startup-id mate-settings-daemon exec_always --no-startup-id mate-power-manager exec_always --no-startup-id nm-applet I am using ...
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Nouveau working in GNOME but not i3wm

I'm not even sure how this happened. I use Ubuntu with i3-gaps and everything was running fine until earlier today I booted my laptop and got no HDMI output. Internal display worked fine but the ...
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Can't log in to Ubuntu 19.10, freezes upon Ctrl+Alt+F3

I recently upgraded to 19.10 from 19.04. Everything appeared to work correctly, however just last night I did a apt update/apt upgrade and some kernel updates occurred. Now when I get to the login ...
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Switching the mod key isn't working for me in i3

When I started my i3, I set the super key for my mod key. It was fine for a few hours, but then when I was messing around with lxappearance, gtk-chtheme, and qt4-qtconfig, my mod key somehow got ...
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two-finger-right-click only working on bottom right part of touchpad

In GNOME, there is a setting that enabled me to use the full area of my touchpad as two-finger-to-right-click. It worked well, but now that I am using i3 only the bottom right corner of the pad works ...
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Why is sudoers NOPASSWD option applying the exception to ROOT instead of specified user?

/etc/sudoers: # This file MUST be edited with the 'visudo' command as root. # # Please consider adding local content in /etc/sudoers.d/ instead of # directly modifying this file. # # See the man page ...
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How to configure dmenu to launch an application with arguments?

For some background, I just barely switched my wm to i3 and am customizing it. I am very new to everything, which means that I have a lot to learn. I've been trying to get Spotify to be better scaled ...
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why is nvidia installing gnome?

I'm working on a barebone install of Ubuntu with i3wm. now I wanted to install nvidia drivers and after reboot I got an login manager and a gnome desktop. why did nvidia install that? is there any ...
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Url opens in multiple browsers and multiple tabs

I have 4 web browsers on my system and I've set brave as the default browser. However, when I click on a url it opens in two different browsers - Brave & Chrome. If Brave is already running then ...
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Cursor jumps on clicking when inside a game in Lutris

I installed lutris-0.5.2.2 and with it I installed the Standard version of Battle.net and with it I installed Classic World of Warcraft. Everything worked as expected unless I tried clicking inside ...
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i3wm with libinput-gestures

I have googled for 2 days but I did not find my answer. I have a working config file for the libinput-gestures. Since a few days I am switched to i3wm. So far it looks good enough, only the libinput-...
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Remap Capslock, but keep its function with Ctrl + Capslock

I want to remap my Capslock key to function as left mouse click, Alt+Capslock to function as right mouse click, and Ctrl+Capslock to function as Capslock. I've been using this in Windows with ...
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Open a specific workspace on i3 when launching a specific app

This week, I finally deciced to write in my i3 config file. Since I use firefox a lot I defined a shortcut for it (bindsym $mod+Shift+f exec firefox) and assigned firefox to a workspace (assign [class=...
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Can't get bash working with i3wm

No matter what i try i can't get ash terminal to work on i3wm apart from xterm, all i wanted was a bash window. Have the same problem as this thread only xterm works so all the solutions are useless ...
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Ubuntu Minimal with i3wm

I've installed ubuntu with the mini.iso option choosing no further packages then installed i3 xorg xinit, got it all working but i3 doesn't open a terminal or when i chose the dmenu option it shows ...
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i3 not working with xbacklight

I'm not able to decrease or increase. This is current config for the screen brightness using xbacklight: bindsym XF86MonBrightnessUp exec xbacklight -inc 20 # increase screen brightness bindsym ...
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Use i3 on a 4k monitor

I've decided to change my windows manager to have a tiling windows manager. Since I heard a lot of good from i3, I've chosen to go for it. Problem is, I have a 4k monitor and as I switched to i3, it ...
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Lenovo Fn shortcuts on i3

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS on my Lenovo Thinkpad E590 and I'm actually trying to add the Lenovo shortcuts (like Fn + F1 to mute, Fn + F5 to decrease the screen's brightness, etc.) Let's take the ...
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Starting Google Chrome with a registered proxy on i3

Good day! Not so long ago, I switched to the i3 window manager (there is not enough performance on the old computer) and I have a problem with running Google Chrome with the option --proxy-pac-url. I ...
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How to switch window manager

I downloaded i3-gaps and it seems to have installed okay. I've seen people switch window managers / desktop environments from the login screen by clicking a cogwheel. The problem is that I don't have ...
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Accent characters on ubuntu 18.04 works in some softwares but not in others

I have recently installed a Ubuntu 18.04 and I use i3wm. My keyboard layout is br abnt2 and it is already configured but I am not been able to use some accented letters in some softwares (textboxes in ...
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Ubuntu Minimal 18.04 Slowness

For the first time, I installed Ubuntu Minimal 18.04 and only installed i3wm + polybar as a graphical interface. I've been setting up my system for three days and learning along the way what I ...
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Plasma (i3) session fails to start

As per the instructions at https://userbase.kde.org/Tutorials/Using_Other_Window_Managers_with_Plasma, I am trying to start use Plasma with i3. However, whenever I log into the session, it jumps back ...
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How to make terminal in i3 transparent? (preferences tab not working)

I'm in i3 with terminator and I'm trying to make the terminal a little bit transparent to see my wallpaper but when i right click and go to preferences and i adjust the transparency nothing changes. ...
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Gedit taking 20 seconds to start up on i3

I have installed i3 on my Ubuntu machine. Whenever I try to launch gedit, from command line or dmenu, there is a delay of precisely 20 seconds before it starts. During this time, it consumes no CPU so ...
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dmenu doesn't recognise aliases [closed]

My dmenu doesn't recognise aliases. I've found a solution but I can't seem to figure out what he is trying to say.

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