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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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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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Make i3wm remember the language used in each workspace

In Ubuntu 20.04 with Gnome DE, when I switch between workspaces the system "remembers" what language I was using in each. How can I achieve the same in i3wm?
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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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Ubuntu 20.04 changing xorg screen blanking and timeout settings permanetly

Using Ubuntu 20.04 but changed the windows manager to I3. The screen is blanking out after 5 minutes. if I use xset s and xset -dmps then I can stop it from blanking out, but the settings revert back ...
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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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Change action after close lid on i3wn with ubuntu

I am trying to accomplish to after close laptop lid system being suspended (like is now) but after open lid system being lock via i3lock instead of default Ubuntu thing. System: 20.04.1-Ubuntu Laptop:...
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How to remote into xfce + i3?

I followed this guide to make an xfce set up with i3 as the window manager. On the log in screen, I have to select Xubuntu (out of i3, XFCE, and Xubuntu) to log in. I've tried changing ~/.xsession to ...
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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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XFCE: How to find out which app is showing the tray?

I'm trying to run status bars (with trays) like i3status and polybar on XFCE. xfce4-panel is disabled (confirmed by checking htop on startup) but I don't see tray icons shown in any of the alternative ...
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Cannot open i3 on ubuntu 20.04

I install i3 with sudo apt install i3 Then I command to check version is i3 version 4.17.1 (2019-08-30) © 2009 Michael Stapelberg and contributors When I logout my profile and switch GUI from Ubuntu ...
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Set max limit for volume increase with i3, pactl and bash

I would like to configure i3WM to set maximum volume level (let's say 150%) so I won't accidentally increase volume to some huge value. I made bash script which execution is binded to volume_up key. ...
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I am not able to use any software that requires user authorization if not using gnome (21.04)

I am not able to use any software that requires user authorization, like ubuntu software center (snap store), softwares updates, etc, because when it's time to ask for my password to execute the task (...
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removing the search and other icons from terminal window

I have been trying to customize my terminal with Ubuntu and wanted to remove the search button and some other buttons in the terminal window shown here: as you can see the search bar in the upper ...
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How to set instance name for gnome-terminal

I am using Ubuntu 20.04 with i3. Many terminal applications have an option -n to set their instance name. I want to this so I can control a single terminal window which I have previously named 'asdf' ...
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Xubuntu 20.04 unable to change cursor size

I recently updated from Xubuntu 18.04 to 20.04 on my Dell XPS 15 with hi-dpi screen and I'm unable to change cursor size. I'm using XFCE with i3 as window manager. So far I've tried: Adding Xcursor....
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Screen redraw stale on right and bottom edges after resolution change

I am running Parallels 16 on a Mac OS host (Macbook Pro 16", 2019), with an Ubuntu 20.04 VM as guest. I am using i3wm. Problem is that in the Ubuntu VM, the bottom ~30% or right ~30% edges of the ...
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dual-monitors: i3 config with xrandr sometimes works, sometimes not

I'm on Ubuntu 20, I'm using i3 as windows manager on two monitors. HDMI-1 is supposed to be my primary monitor on the left and VGA-1-1 is supposed to be on the right of it. My first workspace (my ...
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How to store a variable for the config file in i3wm?

I'm trying out i3wm and I've got the hang of it so far. I like it but my main issue is xbrightness, which I can't seem to figure out. I've tried the configuration and never got it to work even though ...
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On i3 wm, gnome-terminal randomly loses transparency and starts showing cursor traces

I am using Ubuntu 20.04 with i3. I have reduced my terminals opacity a bit so the wallpaper is a bit visible through it. Sometimes, seemingly randomly (or at least I haven't figured out what is ...
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Installed i3 but monitor shows no signal

I've looked everywhere for an answer to this problem, but I can't seem to find anyone who has had a similar issue. I would like to install a tiling window manager on my machine. I am running Ubuntu 20....
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Why does starting a terminal on a different tty end up opening the program on the graphical console?

I have tried starting gnome-terminal on my tty3 using startx gnome-terminal and it ends up opening a terminal window in my GNOME session which I can access using Ctrl-Alt-F2. xterm opens up on tty3 as ...
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File browser and file dialogs take a long time to open or fail to open in all applications

I'm using Ubuntu 20.04, with i3 as the window manager but the gnome subsystem installed. I have a problem that at some random interval (hours or days) after a reboot, any attempt to open thunar or ...
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How could I, when using i3, have a terminal always be the bottomost application

I would like to do something like what this article outlines here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Terminal_as_a_transparent_wallpaper#Setup_by_desktop_environment But on i3. I'm not certain exactly ...
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Can't connect to IBus error

I'm trying to type Vietnamese in Ubuntu 20.04 with i3wm (with GNOME everything works fine) but I'm getting an error: "Can't connect to Ibus" when execute the following command: ibus list-...
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How to display terminals with commands on startup

I'm trying to open 2 terminals on startup. One will execute one command, and the other one will execute a different command. I already tried using Ubuntu's Startup Applications program pointing to ...
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How do I RDP from windows into Ubuntu with i3-wm?

I installed regular Ubuntu 20.04 I then installed i3 On the local computer I have a choice on login of ubuntu or i3 and logging into i3 works beautifully! I installed XRDP and I am RDP'ing from a ...
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How to restore Regolith i3xrocks status bar

Here is what I did to mess things up. I followed the process of removing regolith as this was during an upgrade of Ubuntu 18 to 20.04 Install regolith-desktop-complete with apt install regolith-...
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Swapping CTRL with Caps Lock in i3 config in ubuntu 20.04

I tried many options to just swap CTRL and Caps Lock and startup. rc.local setting up a init.d used /etc/default/keyboard gnome-session-properties gnome-tweaks By now i know any possible way to ...
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Swapping Caps Lock and CTRL in i3 in Ubuntu 20.04 at startup

I want to switch caps lock in i3 at startup I wrote a script and put this code: setxkbmap -option ctrl:nocaps But still i get the message: Mär 28 09:52:20 dave-desktop systemd[1]: myfirst.service: ...
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What means --clearmodifiers in i3 config

I feel so stupid .. What means --clearmodifiers in i3 config? I got this #bindsym --release mod1+Shift+Left exec --no-startup-id xdotool key --clearmodifiers Shift+Home #...
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eDP-1-1 to eDP-1

I am currently running Ubuntu 20.04 with 5.11 kernel on a dell xps 15 9500 with i3 wm. Since yesterday I'm having a problem about the laptop monitor: it is no longer seen as eDP-1 but eDP-1-1. This ...
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Laptop Fn key code for bindsym in i3wm

I am using i3wm with ubuntu 20.04. I would like to Fn+Left/Right work as End/Home like in my previous laptop. I know how to make bindsyn in i3wm config but I cannot find Fn code. I used xev but it ...
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unable to change brightness on amd integrated gpu

I am using i3 window manager on ubuntu. My laptop has an AMD CPU and integrated GPU and class is amdgpu_bl0. please help me with the command to change the brightness so that I can bind that in config. ...
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i3wm has wrong scaling when running on Ubuntu virtual machine

I am running Ubuntu 20.04.2 on a VirtualBox virtual machine. I want to use i3 window manager with it, and have installed it as such. One problem I came across was that, even with guest additions ...
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Using fresh i3 with regolith desktop together

I'm using ubuntu 18.04.5 with regolith desktop. Can I use fresh i3 like this image With regolith desktop together?
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