Carlos Pita | 11 Aug 16:51 2014

Re: SwapGeometry (proposal)

Hi all,

I would like to implement an updated version of this proposal as a
patch to openbox in case there is some logically possible world out
there in which Dana would consider adding it to the trunk :).
Otherwise, I will keep it at the ewmh scripting level to my eternal
shame. The proposal is the same in terms of functionality, but I've
changed some details in order to parallel some openbox patterns and
conventions, which leaves us with:

1) DefaultGeometry, AlternativeGeometry, ToggleGeometry actions,
similar to Maximize, Unmaximize, ToggleMaximize, etc.

2) An <alternativegeometry> condition, similar to <maximized>, etc.

The main idea is to provide the user with an easy mechanism to save
the preferred or default geometry before going into an alternative
geometry excursion. Alternatively, this could be seen from a more
symmetric viewpoint: there are two alternative geometries for the same
client and the user can swap back and forth between them.

Some use cases I see for this:

i) Aero Snap like functionality. See how the crunchbang guys had
scripted it in an admittedly hackish way [1].

ii) More complex manual tiling. I find the otherwise powerful manual
tiling facilities that openbox provides somewhat lacking in this area,
because there is no easy way to untile to a more sensible geometry
once you want to focus in the window itself again. The ability to
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SRC SRC | 3 Aug 09:39 2014

getting started

hello there i just downloaded your OpenBox source codes... which i really want to get a look into and probably edit a few lines.. but i can't seem to find out where to start.. soo.. i was hoping if you could send me a documentation of the source codes... thanks...
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Rafał Mużyło | 2 Aug 18:04 2014

A problem with GtkApplicationWindow

I'm not sure, if my problem lies with openbox, xcompmgr or gtk+ 3
itself, but quite often if I switch desktops very fast (it's a slow
computer) while devhelp is running, its window turns invisible, that is
the window stops being drawn, even though mouse cursor turns into
GDK_BOTTOM_SIDE (resize bottom side) while moving in the area, where the
window is supposed to be and Alt+space still opens the expected menu.

So, did anyone have a similar problem or at least has an idea how to
test what exactly fails ?

openbox 3.5.2
xcompmgr 1.1.6
gtk+ 3.12.2
devhelp 3.12.1 (this one shouldn't matter that much, probably any since
GtkApplicationWindow switch would do)

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Fred | 21 Jul 14:37 2014

problem building OB from tarball


I want to use Openbox with Debian 7.5 on a Sun Ultra 5.  The compile 
seemed to go ok but OB complains of not being able to find and then exits.  This library is in /usr/lib64 as it 
is supposed to be according to the OB build instructions on the website.

Best regards,

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Ian Zimmerman | 16 Jul 01:54 2014

Omnipresence lost mvoing to another desktop

Is this a bug?  When I drag a window that has the "all desktops" flag
set, dragging to a different desktop is enabled, and I do accidentally
cross over to a different desktop, suddenly the window is _only_ on the
destination desktop (ie. the "all desktops" setting seems to be

To be honest, I don't really know what should happen in this situation.
Probably not 2 copies of the same window on the destination desktop ...


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Lukasz Grabowski | 9 Jul 16:14 2014

hide from taskbar but not from window switcher


Is it possible to hide a specific application from the tint2 taskbar
but not from the openbox window switcher? I tried experimenting with
the rc.xml options skip_pager and skip_taskbar but  they don't seem to
allow for that.

My motivation is to have one firefox window open all the time on all
desktops. I'd like to be able to swich to it using alt-tab, but since
I have it open all the time there's no need to show it in the taskbar.

Best, Lukasz
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E R | 9 Jul 08:20 2014

No decor for mpv not working


By chance anyone using mpv and can make it work with no decor?

This is not working for me in 3.5.2 with mpv 0.4.0

xprop | grep WM_CLASS gives me;

WM_CLASS(STRING) = "gl", "mpv"

This is what I have in my rc.xml;

<!-- Center application windows -->
    <application name="feh">
      <position force="yes">
    <!-- End center of application windows -->
    <!-- No decor for application windows -->
    <application name="mpv">
    <!-- End decor for application windows -->

I'm using SpaceFM in Openbox and if I change the name to <application name="spacefm"> it works, so something is going on with it not working with mpv.

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Lukasz Grabowski | 25 Jun 01:12 2014

customizing window switcher


I use the vertical window switcher (i.e. a list of window titles.) Is
it possible to make it wider?

Rationale: I usually have 5-6 different zathura sessions, each one has
window title of the sort "/home/luke/Dropbox/articles/John Smith -
very important but obscure title.pdf".
It is somewhat frustrating  that most of the time the title I see in
the window switcher is "/home/luke/Dropbox/articles/J...tle.pdf". So
for me switching windows in openbox is more or less a guessing game
right now.

I've already changed the font to 7 via (In)ActiveOnScreenDisplay  in
rc.xml but it isn't helping a lot.

Best, Lukasz
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Mindaugas B | 5 Jun 08:12 2014

Re: Switching to console does not work.

It looks at the end that it is related to startx not with openbox related.

video card :
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 0be2 (rev 0b)

consoles running:
 805 tty4     Ss+    0:00 /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty4
  809 tty5     Ss+    0:00 /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty5
  814 tty2     Ss+    0:00 /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty2
  816 tty3     Ss+    0:00 /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty3
  818 tty6     Ss+    0:00 /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty6
 1019 tty1     Ss+    0:00 /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty1
no /etc/inittab file
but i have  default runlevel /etc/init/rc-sysinit.conf:

also i use config in these files, this launch startx on tty8:

contents of file tty8.conf:
# tty8 - getty
# This service maintains a getty on tty8 from the point the system is
# started until it is shut down again.

start on stopped rc RUNLEVEL=[2345]
stop on runlevel [!2345]

exec /bin/openvt -fwc8 -- /usr/bin/sudo -H -u user /usr/bin/startx

in user profile folder there is .Xsession witch launch openbox

# start idesk, icons on desktop
/usr/bin/idesk &


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Aleksandrina Nikolova | 3 Jun 15:21 2014

Wiki access

I am requesting access to edit the wiki. I'd like to contribute in any way I can. Right now I have a pipe menu (with the idea of creating more) that I'd like to upload to

My username is AaylaSecura

Please add me to the Person group:

Thank you!
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E R | 2 Jun 11:02 2014

Openbox Development Where Is It?

Hello All,

First let me say to all those involved and I truly don't know if Dana is the only one developing here, but if not, then thanks to all involved.

I've been around using Openbox since it began and I personally think it's the best.

But here's the sad reality, yes? It seems like there hasn't been any commits in 6 months, many bugs not answered or fixed, so what is happening to the life of this project, why is life for Openbox going so slow, is it dying out?

Please don't let commits go so long and slow, is there any hope to getting more activity on Openbox?

Sorry I'm not a coder, or I'd be right there helping...

Thank you
Mii Bolen

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