[linux-elitists] Re: gconf brain death

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Thu Oct 2 18:52:54 PDT 2003


on Thu, Oct 02, 2003 at 08:52:06PM +0100, Adam Sampson (azz@us-lot.org) wrote:
> "Karsten M. Self" <kmself@ix.netcom.com> writes:
> 
> > Other WMs either accept changes interactively, can be signalled to
> > re-read their configuration files/settings, and/or offer an option
> > to restart the window manager (e.g.: WindowMaker) without
> > terminating the X11 session.
> 
> All window managers provide the last option if you run something other
> than your window manager as the session holder. There are a number of
> little programs that are designed specifically for this job
> ("terminator", for instance); alternately, "xterm -iconic -title
> holder -e cat" works fine. (This is an especially handy trick if
> you're doing window manager development.)
> 
> I've never really felt that having to restart a window manager from
> scratch for a new configuration is really an issue, given that you
> don't usually lose any state by doing so. 

WindowMaker moves all miniwindows to the first workspace.  And crashes
if it can't tile them as it wants.  0.80.1.

> I'd rather have a simple window manager that just exec()s itself to
> restart than a more complex one that didn't offer me anything extra
> from the deal.

Bingo.

Peace.

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