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Scripting extension for NETWM compliant window managers

Project description

Orcsome is a scripting extension for NETWM compliant window managers. It can
help a lot to customize your work environment.


I'm old `awesome`_ user with two year experience. I like it not for tiling but
for lua and ability to tune its behavior. But for a very long time some problems
stay unsolved:

* Grey swing windows. I was hoping it will be fixed in java7 but no luck.
* Input focus for swing windows. Awesome treats such windows as inputless.
* Random focus problems. For example sometimes evince or opera save dialog are
not take focus.

Simply put, awesome sucks as window manager.

I need a robust wm with long devel history, small, fast, candy and
**scriptable** on normal language (hello fvwm). But there are a plenty of
robust, small, fast and candy only wm's. There is no any scriptable.

So I decide to write tiny wm helper application which will be compatible with
many window managers and allow to configure flexible workflows.

.. _awesome:


* Written on python. It means very hackable.

* Optimization, cpu and memory efficiency are top goals (cffi is used for xlib

* Extensive use of python syntax to provide easy and expressive eDSL in
configuration script.

* Supports NETWM standards.

* Very thin wrapper around X. You can use existing xlib background.


From PyPI

I'm regularly upload packages of new versions. So you can install orcsome with

sudo easy_install orcsome

or `pip`_::

sudo pip install orcsome

From source


git clone --depth=1 git://
cd orcsome
python build
sudo python install

If you often pull changes from master brunch I recommend you following recipe:

* First install orcsome in develop mode (remove any orcsome dirs in site-packages
before that)::

sudo python develop

* Then, if you want use latest version from master branch simply do::

cd cloned/orcsome/dir
git pull


There is orcsome package in AUR.

.. _pip:

`Documentation <>`_

Quick start

The most common functionality needed is to bind hot keys to spawn or raise

Edit ``~/.config/orcsome/``::

from orcsome import get_wm
from orcsome.actions import *

wm = get_wm()


spawn_or_raise('urxvtc -name ncmpcpp -e ncmpcpp', name='ncmpcpp'))

spawn_or_raise('urxvtc -name mutt -e mutt', name='mutt'))

spawn_or_raise('urxvtc -name rtorrent -e rtorrent-screen', name='rtorrent'))

And start orcsome. That's all.


You can create issues on `github <>`_.

Or mail directly to bobrov at vl dot ru.

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