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Provides a brief overview of how to install tile-windows tool for non-tiling windows managers like fluxbox

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There are many articles out there talking about tiling windows managers like awesome or ion3, etc.

I actually had try almost all of them, but I give up... why? First of all, why bother study all the hot keys from scratch, while you already get used to your favor, like fluxbox to me? 2nd of all, why install another big package, which consume more system resource then fluxbox?

If you use top, to check the memory usage, fluxbox only took 0.2% on my pc, which is even smaller than Xorg which is 0.7%

All the tiling windows manager are taking more, from 0.4% to 1.x%... so I don't see why should I give up fluxbox for them.

What's the real advantage of awesome anyway? Tiling of course.

So now let me show you how we could tile windows in fluxbox or any other non-tiling windows managers like openbox, etc.

It's just a command, so it only run when you call it, after that, the system resource will be released.


Tile-windows is in AUR, so you need to install it either by makepkg or by yaourt.

I assume you have yaourt ready to use, which is a very helpful tool to open a window for you to many useful but not so stable applications.

Ok, let's install tile-windows:

$> yaourt -S tile-windows

It will ask if you want to check PKGBUILD file and some install file, you can have a look if you want, but I didn't find anything necessary to change. Then it will ask you if you want to start build and install, choose yes.

It will download about 200KB file, and install it.

That's it, now you can start to use it by: $> tile


avoid WM_CLASS FrontPanel For fluxbox and openbox etc, you need to use: $> tile -m This will follow fluxbox rules to choose only some of the windows to tile, not all of them.

For gnome and net-wm etc. you should use: $> tile -w

There is config file: /etc/tile/rc You may want to make a copy to your home folder like: /home/yourname/.tile/rc Don't change /etc/tile/rc, because it will not work until you copy it to your .tile folder.

Then make some changes like change multi-desktop from off to workspace if you are using fluxbox:

    1. Multiple Desktop support.. netwm (GNOME/etc), workspace (*Box/Oroborus/etc), off. Default: off
  1. multi-desktop netwm|workspace|off

multi-desktop workspace

Also you can ignore some of the windows by:

    1. X11 Atom / String Value pairs to ignore for calculations and re-placement. No Defaults
    2. Syntax: avoid Atom(STRING) value

avoid WM_NAME Bottom Panel avoid WM_NAME Desktop avoid WM_CLASS FrontPanel

To find out the application you want to ignore in tiling, run this command in your terminal: $> xprop WM_CLASS

When you mouse become a cross, click on the application window, then xprop will give you the WM_NAME and WM_CLASS. I add one line like this for tilda, my pop up command tool: avoid WM_CLASS Tilda