Frank McCormick | 15 Jul 18:37 2015


I recently have returned to using Openbox and am having the same
trouble I had before using Debian Sids openbox-menu

The pipemenu works...but all the categories except for one (Chrome Apps)
are listed as NULL.

The last time I tried this I nave figured out what was wrong...I am hoping
someone will be able to point me in the right direction this time.



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Ian Zimmerman | 7 Jul 17:49 2015

Directional switching

I am disappointed by the result of the directional commands in the
following specific situation.  I have a grid of windows of the same
size, lined up so they all touch (I guess "tiled" is a good description)
and I go switch with direction == northwest (the same is true for
northeast etc.)  The window selected by the algo is the one directly to
the north from the focussed one, and not the one diagonally to the
northwest as I expected.

I looked at the code ie. focus_find_directional in openbox/focus_cycle.c
and I cannot say I understand it.  Is there a paper I can read with a
rationale?  Or can the author(s) of the code explain?

I hope after I gain understanding of the current algo's goal, I can
offer a patch to make it behave better in the situation I described.


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33413b4f | 4 Jul 15:51 2015

Re: Better support of touchscreen?

Any way to map touching the screen in a certain place or a certain manner (say touching at two corners at once)
to emulate a right button? Any other way to make right "button" work by touching a touchscreen? I can't see
any way to do it under xdm with openbox.

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Garry Hoberg | 4 Jul 12:07 2015

Is a borderless dock area possible?


I was wondering if there is a way to get rid of the border around the
openbox dock area.


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Ian Zimmerman | 2 Jul 18:22 2015

Client list wish

I wish the client list menu started with the currently focussed window
selected, and not always the first window in the list, as it does now.

What are the chances of getting such a feature into openbox, by any
means necessary? ;-)


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Mikael Magnusson | 1 Jul 11:33 2015

Openbox 3.6.1

On Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 12:16 PM, Andrej N. Gritsenko
<andrej <at>> wrote:
>     Hello!
> Are you aware that libobrender in 3.6 is binary incompatible with 3.5.x
> due to commit 24bb21a124a088008524184add2e152501f3c554 ? It violates now
> the rules for ABI because after such changes release should have also ABI
> changed, but libobrender still have version 29. I would suggest to make
> change and release fixed version (3.6.1 perhaps) ASAP.
>     With best regards,
>     Andriy.
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Oops. I have released 3.6.1 now, with no other changes than bumping
the .so version and release version in I also took the
liberty of uploading a .xz version of the tarball, if anyone prefers
those. .gz will still be available for the foreseeable future.


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Scott Robbins | 29 Jun 01:30 2015

2 multiple monitor questions

I have a set up of 4 monitors set to Xinerama (using NVidia's config tool)
There are three things I can do with dwm (which recognizes each monitor as
what they call a screen) that I've not yet been able to figure out with

One is to change focus to a monitor.  That is, if I'm on monitor 1, is
there a way to change focus to monitor 2 without using the mouse?  I can
get to monitor 2, assuming there's an application open in it, by using
alt+tab till I hit said application, but I'm looking for a way to just
change focus to monitor two without there being an open application.  o

Next--I've found (only on an Ubuntu forum, I didn't see this in the docs) a
way to send a window to the next monitor, using <action> MoveResizeTo  <monitor>next</monitor>
tags, but it doesn't seem to work with <monitor>previous</monitor>.  Is
there a  way to do that. I can move it with other keyboard shortcuts and
get it to the previous monitor, but I would think that if next works,
previous should also work. I'm fairly sure I'm not mistyping. 

Lastly--I feel as if this is in the docs but I'm just not smart enough to
get it.  With dwm, I can move to what they call a new tag, similar enough
to a desktop.  On this 4 monitor setup, If I'm on monitor 2, I can just
move monitor 2 to a new tag (desktop) while the others stay the same. Is
there a way to do this in openbox?  That is, if while focused in monitor
one if I use the keys ctl+alt+right to get to desktop 2, I only want that
to happen with monitor 2, not the other 3. Is there a fairly simple way to
do that?

All of these are things I can work around--I tend to change between openbox
and dwm, but there was another odd problem that seems to have been tied to
the tint2 task bar, and I just figured that out this morning.  Due to said
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Klebezettel | 28 Jun 19:27 2015

Missing some actions, most importantly "GoToUrgentClient"

Dear openbox users and developers,

I've just switched from the awesome window manager to
openbox and there are some bits that I couldn't figure yet
out. I'm on openbox 3.5.2 and as far as I can tell, openbox
3.6 [1] can't help me with these either. Apart from that,
thanks for this wonderful piece of software.

1. Action for toggling between normal/top layer?
    I don't have a use case for the bottom layer (what would
    the typical one be?) and so I miss a key binding for
    toggling a client between these two layers. Currently I
    have to use *two* key bindings for this (SendToLayer).

2. Toggle decorations for *all* (normal) clients?
    I need this one for colleagues that are used to a title
    bar and are otherwise helpless (e.g. co-workers coming to
    your machine to debug sth...).

3. Exclude iconified windows in A+Tab dialog and
    restore/focus last iconified (stack)?
    This is useful if you know that you are not going to work
    with some windows for a while.

...and now the most important one:

4. I'm looking for sth. like "GoToUrgentClient".
    Awesome has "Mod4 + u" which will "Focus first urgent
    client" (man awesome). This one is super handy and my so
    far concrete use cases both involve urxt with
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Dave Coventry | 16 Jun 10:29 2015

Shift key misbehaviour in Openbox


I have 2 machines both running Openbox as their window manager.

I have a laptop and a Desktop with multiple monitors.

I run Blender, the 3d modelling program on both (

This application uses the shift key to make multiple selections.

On the laptop this works as expected, but on the Desktop machine the
shift key modifier disables the click. (Leastways, nothing happens
when a second item is clicked with the primary mouse button)

I have already driven the Blender3D forum mods to distraction trying
to find the cause, but it turns out it works fine under another WM
like KDE.

Any suggestions?

~ Dave.

PS thanks for a great WM, by the way!
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Louis Wust | 1 Jun 21:05 2015

Fwd: Wiki access

Hi. I am requesting access to edit the wiki. My username is lww.

The immediate reason for my request is to add a note to the "If" action
documentation indicating that the <query> tag was added in Openbox 3.6
and must not be used in earlier versions (e.g., the one in Debian
Jessie), or else Openbox won't recognize any of the conditions as being
present and so the <then> actions will always trigger regardless of the
(effectively defunct) conditions.

I don't think this is a bug, by the way; it's just behavior which is
different in older versions that might still be in use.

Please add me to the Person group:

Thank you!

- Louis
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Mikael Magnusson | 31 May 19:07 2015

[RELEASE] Openbox 3.6


Openbox 3.6 is now available.

======== Download ========

Download links are here:

======== Commits ========

The following is a full list of commits appearing in this release.
You can see the full commits here:;a=shortlog;h=refs/tags/release-3.6.0


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