some configuration questions

Jens Schweikhardt schweikh at
Sun Oct 16 23:11:44 CEST 2005

On Sun, Oct 16, 2005 at 04:01:08PM -0400, Erik Harrison wrote:
# 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?

As I wrote, FreeBSD 7.0 (Current). The funny thing is, zooming works
at the display manager's (wdm) login greeting, but not after starting xfce.
My understanding is that it is the X server who sees the keypress events
first, and I'm totally puzzled because then it should always work--the
events are not even passed on to some client... Could there be some
client-server communication that changes the Ctrl+Alt+KP_* behavior?

# > 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!

Ah, cool, that does the trick. Thanks a bunch!


Jens Schweikhardt
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