xmonad-contrib-0.16.999: Third party extensions for xmonad
Copyright(c) Anton Vorontsov <anton@enomsg.org> 2014
LicenseBSD-style (as xmonad)
MaintainerAnton Vorontsov <anton@enomsg.org>
Stabilityunstable
Portabilityunportable
Safe HaskellNone
LanguageHaskell98

XMonad.Util.RemoteWindows

Description

This module implements a proper way of finding out whether the window is remote or local.

Just checking for a hostname and WM_CLIENT_MACHINE being equal is often not enough because the hostname is a changing subject (without any established notification mechanisms), and thus WM_CLIENT_MACHINE and the hostname can diverge even for a local window.

This module solves the problem. As soon as there is a new window created, we check the hostname and WM_CLIENT_MACHINE, and then we cache the result into the XMONAD_REMOTE property.

Notice that XMonad itself does not know anything about hostnames, nor does it have any dependency on Network.* modules. For this module it is not a problem: you can provide a mean to get the hostname through your config file (see usage). Or, if you don't like the hassle of handling dynamic hostnames (suppose your hostname never changes), it is also fine: this module will fallback to using environment variables.

Synopsis

Documentation

You can use this module with the following in your ~/.xmonad/xmonad.hs:

import XMonad
import XMonad.Util.RemoteWindows
import Network.BSD

main = xmonad def
   { manageHook = manageRemote =<< io getHostName }

isLocalWindow :: Window -> X Bool Source #

Given a window, tell if it is a local or a remote process. Normally, it checks XMONAD_REMOTE property. If it does not exist (i.e. the manageRemote hook was not deployed in user's config), it falls back to checking environment variables and assuming that hostname never changes.

manageRemote :: String -> ManageHook Source #

Use this hook to let XMonad properly track remote/local windows. For example, manageHook = manageRemote =<< io getHostName.

manageRemoteG :: ManageHook Source #

Use this hook if you want to manage XMONAD_REMOTE properties, but don't want to use an external getHostName in your config. That way you are retreating to environment variables.