HOWTO: IceWM Configuration

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HOWTO: IceWM Configuration

Postby macondo » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:50 pm

HOWTO: IceWM Configuration (Verbose)

Obviously, this is a subjective matter. There are different ways of
doing this, I like to edit the files.

IceWM comes by default with alt-tab to switch windows, alt-F10 to
maximize, alt-F9 to minimize the screen, the Windows key will give you
the main menu. In the main menu click on Settings > Focus and choose
your favorite, (i like "Sloppy"). Do it again, and click on Themes and
choose.

NOTE: winkey (Windows key) + space bar will give a 'run box' at the
taskbar by default. from where you can launch apps a la fbrun.

If you go to the icewm site icewm.org -> IceWM Manual you get all the
keybinds and mouse commands. It's a very worthwile read, it will teach
you how to lock your screen (xtrlock), move a window to another
workspace, screensavers, and so forth, how to start an app in a
different workspace when you enter the X system, etc.

Congratulations! you're ready for prime time. Just point and click.

But if you want to increase your speed, if you're a geek wannabe, if the
Windows way of working bring tears to your eyes, then KEYBINDINGS are
for you.

My configuration uses 4 files: preferences, keys, winoptions, and
prefoverride.

Preferences deals with the window manager's behavior.
Keys with keybinds.
Winoptions with options that alter the windows.
Prefoverride changes the default keybinds for the ones you like.

You CANNOT edit the global file, so you have to create them and put them
in your /home.

The global file resides in /usr/local/share/icewm/preferences where all
the preferences for IceWM are, copy/paste the ones relevant to your way
of working, and put them in your ~/.icewm/preferences.

Now create these files in your /home, and edit them as USER. The
directory .icewm already exists.

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$ touch .icewm/preferences
$ touch .icewm/keys
$ touch .icewm/winoptions
$ touch .icewm/prefoverride



PREFERENCES
So now all you have to do is edit .icewm/preferences as USER.

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$ nano .icewm/preferences



Bring the preferences you like from the global file and copy/paste them
into your .icewm/preferences.

Every preference consists of 2 lines, both of which are commented (#),
uncomment (erase the hash mark) on the second line of the preference,
and add 1 or 0 (zero) at the end.

1 = enables the preference
0 = disables it.

save/exit and RESTART icewm - Menu >Logout >Restart icewm for it to take
effect.

Clear as mud?

Example:

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# Hide title bar when maximized
#HideTitleBarWhenMaximized=0 # 0/1



After editing it, it should look like this if you wanted it enabled:

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# Hide title bar when maximized
HideTitleBarWhenMaximized=1




Restart icewm, restart icewm, restart icewm :D

Me?
I copied/pasted my personal preferences I stored in my icewm config
folder in my web mail. It takes me 5 minutes to config icewm.

Here's my .icewm/preferences:

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    OpaqueMove=0
    OpaqueResize=0
    SmartPlacement=1
    MenuMouseTracking=1
    ModSuperIsCtrlAlt=1
    UseMouseWheel=1
    QuickSwitch=1
    AutoReloadMenus=1
    ShowProgramsMenu=1
    ShowThemesMenu=1
    ShowHelp=1
    TerminalCommand="roxterm"
    ShutdownCommand="sudo shutdown -p now"
    RebootCommand="sudo shutdown -r now"
    WorkspaceNames=" 1 ", " 2 "

    TaskBarAutoHide=0
    TaskBarShowClock=1
    TaskBarShowAPMStatus=0
    TaskBarAtTop=0
    TaskBarShowAPMStatus=0
    TaskBarShowAPMTime=0
    TaskBarShowMailboxStatus=0
    TaskBarShowWindows=1
    TaskBarShowShowDesktopButton=0
    TaskBarShowTray=1
    TaskBarShowWindowIcons=0
    TaskBarShowCPUStatus=1
    TaskBarShowNetStatus=0
    TaskBarShowCollapseButton=1
    TaskBarWorkspacesLeft=1
    TimeFormat="%R"
    TaskBarShowShowDesktopButton=0
    TaskBarShowWindowListMenu=1
    TaskBarShowMailboxStatus=0
    TaskBarMailboxStatusBeepOnNewMail=0
    NormalTaskBarFontName="-*-sans-medium-r-*-*-*-100-*-*-*-*-*- *"
    NormalTaskBarFontNameXft="sans-serif:size=10"
    ActiveTaskBarFontName="-*-sans-r-*-*-*-100-*-*-*-*-*-*"
    ActiveTaskBarFontNameXft="sans-serif:size=10"
    HideTitleBarWhenMaximized=0



save/exit your favorite editor.


KEYS
Same. Choose what you need. I erased everything and pasted my keybinds.
This is my .icewm/keys:

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$ nano .icewm/keys



Copy/paste this:

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    key "F1" roxterm
    key "F2" xfe
    key "F3" firefox
    key "F7" mirage
    key "F8" hexchat
    key "F9" libreoffice
    key "Print" roxterm -e scrot -cd 10

    #Sound
    key "Alt+Ctrl+KP_Divide"      aumix -v -5             # lower volume
    key "Alt+Ctrl+KP_Multiply"    aumix -v +5             # raise volume



Save/exit your editor.

Ctrl+Alt+ asterisk in numerical pad (to the right of keyboard) increases
volume.

Ctrl+Alt+forward slash in the numpad, decreases volume

If you get no sound go to alsamixer as USER and unmute with M key.

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$ alsamixer



Needless to say choose your favorite applications and keybinds.

I have no use for the Fn keys, but if you do, just add Alt or Ctrl or
Super (winkey) example:

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key "Alt+ l" leafpad
key "Ctrl+f" firefox



SOUND
A word about sound. In my case, I haven't had good luck with Pulseaudio,
so I use ALSA.

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$ pkg search alsa



Installed the alsa packages plus aumix and menumaker:

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$ sudo pkg install aumix menumaker alsa-lib alsa-plugins alsa-utils



Config the sound volume:

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$ alsamixer



Unmute sound with letter M


WINOPTIONS
Go to .icewm/winoptions and paste this, I'm only interested in
maximizing my windows:

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$ nano .icewm/winoptions



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roxterm.Roxterm.startMaximized: 1
xchat.Xchat.startMaximized: 1
firefox.Firefox.startMaximized: 1
xfe.Xfe.startMaximized: 1
hexchat.Hexchat.startMaximized: 1
libreoffice.Libreoffice.startMaximized: 1
mirage.Mirage.startMaximized: 1



save/exit

PREFOVERRIDE

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$ nano .icewm/prefoverride



And paste this:

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KeyWinClose="F4"
KeyWinMaximize="F12"



save/exit

So now I close applications with F4 (boom! gone) and maximize the
windows with
one key (F12), instead of the default Alt+F10.

THEMES
I'm not much for themes and eye-candy, my thing is simplicity and speed.

Go to http://www.box-look.org, click on "icewm themes" in the left column, if
you know the name of the theme, click on "alphabetical". Click on
Download. There are over 400 themes for IceWM in this site.
There are a bunch on the right column on the site.Download the theme
file /home/<yourusername>/Downloads (automatic with Firefox).

I launch xfe (my file manager) as ROOT, I find the theme in Downloads,
right-click on it, and choose "Extract to" in the next screen at the
bottom I type the location where to be extracted,
(/usr/local/share/icewm/themes) press Enter, and that's it, the new
theme appears in Settings>Themes from the main menu. Click on it and
you'll have a new theme immediately.

MENU
In order to create a menu with menumaker:

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$ mmaker -f icewm



NOTE: Restart icewm every time you do changes on the window manager.

There are 2 ways of restarting IceWM, from the main menu:
1. Main menu > Logout > Restart IceWM
2. Ctrl+Alt+Delete > Restart IceWM

The first time you Restart, you do it from the menu, afterwards, with
the keys.

I start IceWM from my /home/username/.xinitrc
Just put 'exec icewm', save/exit.

IOW,
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nano /home/username/.xinitrc


And put this:
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exec icewm


save/exit

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HOWTO: IceWM Configuration


Re: HOWTO: IceWM Configuration

Postby macondo » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:27 pm

Update: My new sound keybindings:

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    #Sound
    key "Ctrl+Down"      aumix -v -9             # lower volume
    key "Ctrl+Up"    aumix -v +9             # raise volume


IOW, Control key and the Down arrow will lower the sound.
Contrl key and the Up arrow will raise the volume.
Restart IceWm (Ctrl+Alt+Delete + r) OR Windows key+Delete+r)
Or reboot if it doesn't work right away.
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