How to specify workspace when starting a program?

Heinrich Rebehn rebehn at
Sat Jun 4 11:24:51 CEST 2005

Chris Green wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 03, 2005 at 05:10:07PM +0200, John Shane wrote:
>>On Thu, 2 Jun 2005 19:39:11 +0100
>>Chris Green <chris at> wrote:
>>>How does one specify a workspace when running a program so that it
>>>starts up in the specified workspace?
>>>Chris Green (chris at
>>Devilspie works nicely for that. 
>>Once installed you will have an .xml file in your home directory.  There
>>you can define which workspace you want your program to use.  In my case I
>>have devilspie in my <home>/Desktop/Autostart directory as
>>"startdevilspie."  Now Firefox is always in Workspace 3, OpenOffice in
>>Workspace 4 and so on.
> It's a very complicated way of doing something trivial isn't it?

If you want it simpler, you can use swafish as window manager. It has 
these features built in and they can be configured via menue. I too am 
not willing to edit xml files by hand :-)


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