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FvwmPager - the FVWM Pager module
FvwmPager [ -transient ] [ name ] [ first desk [ last desk ] ]
FvwmPager is spawned by fvwm, so no command line invocation will work.
All desks with desk numbers between first desk and last desk are
displayed. If last desk is omitted only the first desk is shown. If
both desk numbers are omitted, the current desk is used instead. If you
use an asterisk '*' in place of first desk the pager will always show
the current desktop, even when you switch desks.
Example lines to put in your .fvwm2rc:
Module FvwmPager 0 3
Module FvwmPager *
or from within an fvwm pop-up menu:
AddToMenu Module-Popup Modules Title
+ Audio Module FvwmAudio
+ Auto Module FvwmAuto 200
+ Buttons Module FvwmButtons
+ Console Module FvwmConsole
+ Ident Module FvwmIdent
+ Banner Module FvwmBanner
+ Pager Module FvwmPager 0 3
+ Pager Module FvwmPager *
If the pager is started with the -transient option, the next time a
button is released the pager is closed. Note that this option does only
work if the window style of the pager window is 'sticky' (see the fvwm
man page). You should use the 'StaysOnTop' style too.
Style FvwmPager Sticky, StaysOnTop
*FvwmPager: Rows 1
*FvwmPager: Columns 1
Mouse 3 R C Module FvwmPager -transient
With this in your .fvwm2rc, if you press control and button 3 in the
root window the pager pops up under the mouse and while the viewport
moves with the mouse.
The FvwmPager module shows a miniature view of the Fvwm desktops which
are specified in the command line. This is a useful reminder of where
your active windows are. Windows in the pager are shown in the same
color as their fvwm decorations.
The pager can be used to change your viewport into the current desktop,
to change desktops, or to move windows around.
Pressing mouse button 1 in the pager will cause you viewport to change
to the selected page of the selected desk. If you click with button 1
in the desk-label area, you will switch desks but not pages within the
Dragging mouse button 2 on a miniature view of a window will cause that
window to be move to the location where you release the mouse button,
but your viewport will not change. If you drag the window out of the
pager and onto your desktop, a full size image of the window will
appear for you to place. There is no way to pick up a full size image
of the window and move it into the pager, however. Since some mice do
not have button 2, I have made provisions to drag windows in the pager
by using pressing modifier-1 (usually Alt) and dragging with button 3.
Clicking mouse button 3 on a location will cause the viewport to move
to the selected location and switch desks if necessary, but will not
align the viewport to a page boundary. Dragging button 3 will cause the
viewport to move as you drag but not switch desktops, even if the
pointer moves to another desktop.
With the *FvwmPager: SloppyFocus option the focus is transfered to the
window pointed at with the mouse when the pointer is inside the pager.
When iconified, the pager will work as a fully functional current desk
only pager. Windows and viewports can be moved within the icon of the
pager. Users will want to make sure that they have no lines similar to
Icon "Fvwm Pager" whatever
in their .fvwm2rc files.
The FvwmPager program, and the concept for interfacing this module to
the Window Manager, are all original work by Robert Nation.
Copyright 1994, Robert Nation. No guarantees or warranties or anything
are provided or implied in any way whatsoever. Use this program at your
own risk. Permission to use this program for any purpose is given, as
long as the copyright is kept intact.
During initialization, FvwmPager gets config info from fvwm's module
configuration database (see fvwm(1), section MODULE COMMANDS).
To use FvwmPager with several different configurations, you can invoke
FvwmPager with an optional parameter, which it will use as its name
instead (e.g "Module FvwmPager OtherPager"). OtherPager will then read
only the lines in the configuration file starting with "*OtherPager",
and not the lines belonging to FvwmPager. This way multiple pager
instances may be used.
Note: the old way to use the FvwmPager with several different
configurations is to link the executable to another name, i.e.
ln -s FvwmPager OtherPager
This may work, but this method is not supported.
KEYBOARD FOCUS CONTROL
You can direct the keyboard focus to any window on the current desktop
by clicking with button 2 on its image in the pager. The window does
not need to be visible, but it does need to be on the current page.
The invocation method was shown in the synopsis section
*FvwmPager: Geometry geometry
Completely or partially specifies the pager windows location and
geometry, in standard X11 notation. In order to maintain an
undistorted aspect ratio, you might want to leave out either the
width or height dimension of the geometry specification .
*FvwmPager: Rows rows
Tells fvwm how many rows of desks to use when laying out the
*FvwmPager: Columns columns
Tells fvwm how many columns of desks to use when laying out the
*FvwmPager: IconGeometry geometry
Specifies a size (optional) and location (optional) for the
pager's icon window. Since there is no easy way for FvwmPager to
determine the height of the icon's label, you will have to make
an allowance for the icon label height when using negative y-
coordinates in the icon location specification (used to specify
a location relative to the bottom instead of the top of the
Causes the pager to start iconified.
Causes the pager to start normally. Useful for canceling the
effect of the StartIconic option.
Causes the pager to draw desk labels below the corresponding
Causes the pager to draw desk labels above the corresponding
desk. Useful for canceling the effect of the LabelsBelow option.
Causes the pager to hide the labels of all but the current desk.
This turns off label hilighting.
Causes the pager to show the labels of all visible desks. Useful
for canceling the effect of the ShapeLabels option.
*FvwmPager: Font font-name
Specified a font to use to label the desktops. If font_name is
"none" then no desktop labels will be displayed.
*FvwmPager: SmallFont font-name
Specified a font to use to label the window names in the pager.
If not specified, the window labels will be omitted. Window
labels seem to be fairly useless for desktop scales of 32 or
greater. If font_name is "none" then no window names will be
*FvwmPager: Fore color
Specifies the color to use to write the desktop labels, and to
draw the page-grid lines.
*FvwmPager: Back color
Specifies the background color for the window.
*FvwmPager: Hilight color
The active page and desk label will be highlighted by using this
background pattern instead of the normal background.
*FvwmPager: HilightPixmap pixmap
The active page will be highlighted by using this background
pattern instead of the normal background.
Hilight the active page with the current hilight color/pixmap.
Useful for canceling the effect of the NoDeskHilight option.
Don't hilight the active page.
*FvwmPager: WindowColors fore back hiFore hiBack
Change the normal/highlight colors of the windows. fore and
hiFore specify the colors as used for the font inside the
windows. back and hiBack are used to fill the windows with.
*FvwmPager: WindowLabelFormat format
This specifies a printf() like format for the labels in the mini
window. Possible flags are: %t, %i, %c, and %r for the window's
title, icon, class, or resource name, respectively. The default
*FvwmPager: Label desk label
Assigns the text label to desk desk (or the current desk if desk
is "*") in the pager window. Useful for assigning symbolic names
to desktops, i.e.
*FvwmPager: Label 1 Mail
*FvwmPager: Label 2 Maker
*FvwmPager: Label * Matlab
Note: There is currently a much better way to specify desk names
globally (and not just in FvwmPager) using DesktopName command,
so you should not use this option anymore.
*FvwmPager: DeskColor desk color
Assigns the color color to desk desk (or the current desk if
desk is "*") in the pager window. This replaces the background
color for the particular desk. This only works when the pager
is full sized. When Iconified, the pager uses the color
specified by *FvwmPager: Back.
TIP: Try using *FvwmPager: DeskColor in conjunction with FvwmCpp
(or FvwmM4) and FvwmBacker to assign identical colors to your
various desktops and the pager representations.
*FvwmPager: Pixmap pixmap
Use pixmap as background for the pager.
*FvwmPager: DeskPixmap desk pixmap
Assigns the pixmap color to desk desk (or the current desk if
desk is "*") in the pager window. This replaces the background
pixmap for the particular desk.
TIP: Try using *FvwmPager: DeskPixmap in conjunction with
FvwmCpp (or FvwmM4) and FvwmBacker to assign identical pixmaps
to your various desktops and the pager representations.
*FvwmPager: DeskTopScale number
If the geometry is not specified, then a desktop reduction
factor is used to calculate the pager's size. Things in the
pager window are shown at 1/number of the actual size.
Allow the pager to display a window's mini icon in the pager, if
it has one, instead of showing the window's name.
*FvwmPager: MoveThreshold pixels
Defines the distance the pointer has to be moved before a window
being dragged with button 2 is actually moved. The default value
is three pixels. If the pointer moved less that this amount the
window snaps back to its original position when the button is
released. If pixels is less than zero the default value is used.
The value set with the MoveThreshold command in fvwm is
inherited by FvwmPager but can be overridden with this option.
If the SloppyFocus option is used, you do not need to click into
the mini window in the pager to give the real window the focus.
Simply putting the pointer over the window inside the pager is
Note: This option interferes slightly with the MouseFocus and
SloppyFocus styles of fvwm. Sometimes, if you click into the
pager window to change pages or desks and then move the pointer
to a place on the screen where a window of the new page
will appear, this new window does not get the input focus. This
may happen if you drag the pointer over one of the mini windows
in the pager. There is nothing that can be done about this -
except not using SloppyFocus in the pager.
By default the pages of the virtual desktop are separated by
dashed lines in the pager window. This option causes FvwmPager
to use solid lines instead.
Turns off the lines separating the pages of the virtual desktop.
*FvwmPager: Balloons [type]
Show a balloon describing the window when the pointer is moved
into a window in the pager. The default format (the window's
icon name) can be changed using BalloonStringFormat. If type is
Pager balloons are just shown for an un-iconified pager; if type
is Icon balloons are just shown for an iconified pager. If type
is anything else (or null) balloons are always shown.
*FvwmPager: BalloonFore color
Specifies the color for text in the balloon window. If omitted
it defaults to the foreground color for the window being
*FvwmPager: BalloonBack color
Specifies the background color for the balloon window. If
omitted it defaults to the background color for the window being
*FvwmPager: BalloonFont font-name
Specifies a font to use for the balloon text. Defaults to fixed.
*FvwmPager: BalloonBorderWidth number
Sets the width of the balloon window's border. Defaults to 1.
*FvwmPager: BalloonBorderColor color
Sets the color of the balloon window's border. Defaults to
*FvwmPager: BalloonYOffset number
The balloon window is positioned to be horizontally centered
against the pager window it is describing. The vertical position
may be set as an offset. Negative offsets of -n are placed n
pixels above the pager window, positive offsets of +n are placed
n pixels below. Offsets of -1 and 1 represent the balloon window
close to the original window without a gap. Offsets of 0 are not
permitted, as this would permit direct transit from pager window
to balloon window, causing an event loop. Defaults to +3. The
offset will change sign automatically, as needed, to keep the
balloon on the screen.
*FvwmPager: BalloonStringFormat format
The same as *FvwmPager: WindowLabelFormat, it just specifies the
string to display in the balloons. The default is "%i".
*FvwmPager: Colorset desk colorset
Tells the module to use colorset colorset for desk. If you use
an asterisk '*' in place of desk, the colorset is used on all
desks. Please refer to the man page of the FvwmTheme module for
details about colorsets.
*FvwmPager: BalloonColorset desk colorset
Tells the module to use colorset colorset for balloons on desk.
If you use an asterisk '*' in place of desk, the colorset is
used on all desks. Please refer to the man page of the FvwmTheme
module for details about colorsets.
*FvwmPager: HilightColorset desk colorset
Tells the module to use colorset colorset for hilighting on
desk. If you use an asterisk '*' in place of desk, the colorset
is used on all desks. Please refer to the man page of the
FvwmTheme module for details about colorsets.
*FvwmPager: WindowColorsets colorset activecolorset
Uses colorsets in the same way as *FvwmPager: WindowColors.
Please refer to the man page of the FvwmTheme module for details
about colorsets. The shadow and hilight colors of the colorset
are only used for the window borders if the *FvwmPager:
Window3DBorders is specified too.
*FvwmPager: WindowBorderWidth n
Specifies the width of the border drawn around the mini windows.
This also sets the minimum size of the mini windows to (2 * n +
1). The default is 1.
Specifies that the mini windows should have a 3d borders based
on the mini window background. This option only works if
*FvwmPager: WindowColorsets is specified.
Tells FvwmPager to not show the windows that are using the
DeskColor patch contributed by Alan Wild
MiniIcons & WindowColors patch contributed by Rob Whapham
Balloons patch by Ric Lister <firstname.lastname@example.org>
fvwm-workers: Dominik, Olivier, Hippo and others.
3rd Berkeley Distribution (not released yet) (2.5.20) FvwmPager(1)