May 25, 2009

Making My Own Desktop Manager: Launching new programs

So the next stage is to loose the dependency on the xterm window in our .xinitrc file AND to be able to launch new program processes (without blocking the wm).

  • The code for this next stage is available here.
  • The new .xinitrc file is available here.

I have added keyboard event detection and used popen to launch dmenu, which will allow me to start new programs without a UI (for the time being).

Now I almost have a usable wm to start developing against. All I need now is a layout algorithm to prevent the windows overlapping (remember this is a tiling window manager not a stacked one).

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