[Xmonad] Question about window ordering

Michael Vanier mvanier at cs.caltech.edu
Mon Aug 6 21:02:28 EDT 2007

Hmm, it seems to me that the relative location where a new window appears (left or right of the 
current window) should be a configuration parameter inside xmonad.  Would this complicate matters 


David Roundy wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 06, 2007 at 04:48:54PM -0700, Michael Vanier wrote:
>> I just installed the Tabbed extension, and it's great (thanks, David!).  
>> Now I can probably ditch ion for good.  However, the tabs revealed to me 
>> something I hadn't noticed before: that a new window gets placed to the 
>> left of the currently selected window.  Is there any way to make the new 
>> window come up to the right of the currently selected window, which I find 
>> more intuitive?
> The trouble is that there are a few counterintuitive choices in xmonad's
> window ordering, and we'd actually have to make more than one change in
> order to get things right (i.e. one change outside of Tabbed).  (Where
> "right" is defined by what makes intuitive sense to me with tabbed.)
> The mod-tab rotation order also ought to go to the right (which it does).
> If we switched the mod-tab rotation order, then we could simply reverse
> the display relationship of windows, and everything would be intuitive.
> If we kept the display the same (relative to xmonad's internal Stack
> structure), then we could modify xmonad to put new windows on the right
> instead of the left, but then we'd also need to modify filter so that when
> a window is closed the focus moves to teh left instead of to the right.
> Without a change to the normal keybindings, I don't see a way to get things
> cycling like I'd like.
> In defense of the normal xmonad rotation order, by default mod-tab brings
> you to a parent window from a just-popped-up window, which I think is quite
> reasonable.  Mostly I'm ambivalent on the subject, but obviously verbosely
> so...
> And you're welcome!  :)

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