Taviso wrote a nice little intro to FvwmButtons that can be found here. FvwmTaskBar is a task-bar that is quite similar to the one in Windows. There is. Functions can be called by FVWM though various parts of the config, I will just.

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This example sets up program specific styles. Find More Posts by frankbell View Blog. Buttons can guude use different Colorsets, and can have different reliefs, shapes, anything! I’ll probably play with it more within the next few weeks, though. The EdgeScroll parameter sets up what percentage of the screen scrolls when you move your mouse to the edge of the screen.

How this works is it uses the module ‘FvwmScript’ which can be used to build graphical interfaces. Though by the use of the ‘Read’ command, one could split the config file up into smaller config files. This is a single column button with a title and then a few quick launch buttons to launch some applications. I’ve written a quick introduction into making panels with FvwmButtons, you can read it here http: Then you AddToFunc the list of actions you want it to perform when its called, and as you see above these actions can happen depending on different actions of the mouse.

This first line EwmhBaseStruts sets up the ‘usable’ screen area. I have set the info to go into the config file aside so one could simply copy and paste as they work though the guide. The following lines set up various options, all of which are explained in the FvwmTaskBar man page.

EdgeResistance sets up how much ‘resistance’ or time is needed before the scroll happens. One final note, is all the event handling to make all this effect happen is all setup to run via the StartFunction, so guidr you don’t load these up by the time the StartFunction is beginnsrs, you’ll have to rerun the StartFunction to get it to work.


Styles will be used a lot, but for start, lets just look at this style line. How this works is by stating ‘EwmhBaseStructs left giude top bottom’. In the virtual console, log in and, as root sudo do: Back then it looked pretty boxy.

The self-presentation of FVWM has given to me the most serious impression. The reason I write it down twice is the second time when I follow it with the ‘. Join our community today!

Linux Power User Bundle. If that time is exceeded FVWM will consider that a ‘hold’. The first thing to setup is the global settings, such as environment variables, and the basic set up of the desktop. The Next Step At this point you can: Minimal is giide, and basic black goes with everything.

Fvwm, the great Window-Manager – do it your way!

It can create freeform panels of any size, shape including Non-Rectangular windowsColour and function. I also set up one button that will launch an aterm by clicking on it. The time now is At this point you can go through the procedures in the Beginners’ Guide for attempting a trial run of X using twm.

Next lets set up the Virtual Desktops. You should also note the syntax of the last few lines above. This is nice cause it will give you time to open up a menu before the screenshot is taken. By the end of this guide its my hope that you are familiar with FVWM and can then create your own config to turn it into your window manager.


With that being said, the intro here will only cover the basics of how to set up FvwmButtons. Here is a nice chart to give you a glimps begimners the FVWM family tree. Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in.

FVWM Beginners Guide

There is a start menu button you can bind any menu to, a place for quick launch buttons, a list of running tasks and finally have a clock at the far end. If you run fvwm, Don’t be surprised if you think the default setup is quite ugly, cause many will agree with you, but that is a good place to start.

FvwmTaskBar is a task-bar that is quite similar to the one in Windows. Reason being is this will actually make a new transparent FvwmButton that can hover above the current button and isn’t constrained to the original button’s geometry.

Next I swallow the FvwmPager so I can see what is gvwm on my desktop. What this does is takes the ‘shape’ of an.

Basic FVWM Installation in Arch Linux

For instance lets assume that you would want to have 3 Virtual Desktops each with 9 pages in a 3×3 grid, you could set it up as follows. Visit the following links: I’ve tried fvwm a number of times the latest time being this past weekend and love the speed it offers, but I always begginners discouraged because setup is so time consuming, and simply too much work for my level of interest. Linux – Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.

All guids are GMT A typical image path would look something like this.

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