4 comments on “wmctrl user documentation

  1. How did you manage to make a window management tool that does NOT do minimize? Wouldn't that be one of the most obvious features?

    [admin edit: I assume the author of this comment meant to ask "How did _they_ manage", since I'm obviously not the wmctrl author.]

  2. [admin edit: adding an old email]

    [name removed for privacy]
    Subject: Re: wmctrl examples
    Date: Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:38:52 -0500

    > sweet! i'll stop messing around with wmctrl and wait for your
    > documentation. thanks!

    i lied. i couldn't stop. figured out i could use this to move my
    pidgin window:

    wmctrl -ir `wmctrl -lx | grep Pidgin.Pidgin | cut -d" " -f1` -e
    0,1200,0,-1,-1

    hope that's useful or interesting. i subscribed to your feed and still
    look forward to your post.

  3. 2015-10-21
    > I need to
    > open VLC at specific coordinates with a specific size but the issue is I
    > have to add some arguments to VLC so opening the app alone is not enough.
    > The VLC command would be:
    > vlc dvbt://frequency=474000000:bandwidth=0

    2015-10-30
    It sounds like what you want to do is:

    1) start vlc
    2) move vlc
    3) resize vlc

    At a glance, it looks like wmctrl can't use a pid, which is stupid. If
    it could, then you could do everything really easily.

    What if, instead, you assume that since vlc was just launched, it will
    be the currently-selected / topmost applicaiton. So this means that
    instead of reference to the window title , you can use the special
    string ":ACTIVE:" (without the quotes)

    So you would:

    1) Launch vlc
    2) Wait, to make sure vlc is done launching (using xtoolwait)
    3) use wmctrl, but instead of the title, use :ACTIVE:

    I think the code would be:

    xtoolwait vlc dvbt://frequency=474000000:bandwidth=0 & wmpid=$!
    wait $wmpid
    wmctrl -r ":ACTIVE:" -e 1,0,0,800,600

    See also my notes for -e

    http://blog.spiralofhope.com?p=1042#-e

    --

    If wmctrl can't do what you want, maybe an alternative can use the pid
    directly:

    Devil's Pie:
    http://web.archive.org/web/20160817020836/http://www.burtonini.com/blog/computers/devilspie
    others are listed at the top of this page

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