xinerama and changing desktops independently

Kamil Trojan kamil.trojan at
Fri Apr 29 12:42:53 CEST 2005

On 4/29/05, Gregory P. Smith <greg at> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 26, 2005 at 05:43:35PM +0000, Kamil Trojan wrote:
> > On 4/26/05, Brian J. Tarricone <bjt23 at> wrote:
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> > > Kamil Trojan wrote:
> > > > Hi,
> > > >
> > > > i'm using xfce 4.2.1 with xinerama support. I'm just wondering if
> > > > it is possible to change desktops independently? i.e. when I change
> > > > desktop on first monitor I wouldn't like to
> > > > have desktop changed on the other monitor.
> > >
> > > Nope.  In xinerama mode, X makes it look like all your monitors make up
> > > one big screen.  It may be possible to do this in non-xinerama mode, but
> > > I don't know if it's implemented or not.
> >
> > I've checked and you right it's possible in non-xinerama mode. but
> > then I cannot drag a window to next desktop. I guess I need to choose
> > between these two option.
> Aren't multiple desktops solely a creation of the window manager
> anyway?
> If the wm used the description of the physical displays involved in
> the xinerama whats to keep an implementation from being able to do
> "desktop" switching on a single display only by just hiding the
> windows that occupy that display?  this leads to a UI issue of what to
> do with windows that split across >1 display.  treating them sticky as
> would work but could be counterintuitive.

It would a great feature for wm. Don is right that in that way
xinerama works, doing some "workarounds" for that it would be at least
unusal, but still great.

For me it would perfect to have possibility to drag windows between
the desktops which are currently on the screens. Additionally I would
like to switch the desktops independently. However I couldn't find
such possibilty after checking xinreama mode and non-xinierama mode.

I have ATI and it support dual monitor view. It has more natively  way
to do it than xinerama. On the other hand the ATI way does not support
dragging windows between the screens.

If XFce introduced such behavior it would be even more great than it is now :)


ps. Regardless of that I think that Xfce-team have done a great work.
Finally wm which suite my needs.

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