some configuration questions

Erik Harrison erikharrison at
Sun Oct 16 22:01:08 CEST 2005

On 10/16/05, Jens Schweikhardt <schweikh at> wrote:
> hello, world\n
> I'm a die-hard ctwm user who has decided to give xfce4 a try (using xfce
> 4.2.2 on FreeBSD current with xorg 6.8.2). I could configure almost
> everything I wanted and that I deem life-saving and wanted to "port"
> from ctwm. However, a few show-stopper items are on my list that I have
> not been able to solve. Hopefully a kind soul like you can give me a
> clue.
> 1) The X server's "Zoom" function no longer works (cyling through video
>    modes with Ctrl+Alt+Keypad-Plus and Ctrl+Alt+Keypad-Minus). This works
>    with all other window managers I have tried. The "Settings/Display" menu
>    is NOT an option for various reasons. See also xorg.conf(5):

Works for me here. What OS are you running?

>    [...]
>        Option "DontZoom"  "boolean"
>               This  disallows  the  use  of   the   Ctrl+Alt+Keypad-Plus   and
>               Ctrl+Alt+Keypad-Minus  sequences.  These sequences allows you to
>               switch between video modes.  When this option is enabled,  those
>               key sequences have no special meaning and are passed to clients.
>               Default: off.
>    So how do I make the X server's zooming functional again?
> 2) How can I set more than one Keyboard Shortcut for a Command in the
>    "Settings->Window Manager->Keyboard"? E.g. I want all of
>    Alt-Left, Control-Left and Shift-Left to perform "Next workspace".
>    I'm not afraid to edit XML files, so if that's the way to do it,
>    that's fine.

I don't know that this is possible.

> 3) I can't for the life of me figure out what startup files are looked for
>    (note: startup files, not config files). E.g. where would I put the
>    command to kill the xfdesktop[*] (I'm using the wdm display manager
>    which execs $HOME/.xsession, which forks startxfce4). I'm willing to
>    admit that I'm an xfce-newbie, so if there are better ways to start
>    xfce allowing more control, let me know...
Xfdesktop is handled by the session manager. Setup your desktop how
you want it, which xfdesktop killed (kill xfdesktop) and xplanet
running, and then log out, saving you session as you go.

Log back in, magic!

> [*] I love xplanet. According to bug#149 this is currently the best practice
>     to make the root window visible.

Xplanet supports drawing to another window instead of the root. Check
the -vroot option in the xplanet README

> Regards,
>         Jens
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> Jens Schweikhardt
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