[Xmonad] [HUMOR] xmonad useless without programming skills ?

Xiao-Yong Jin xj2106 at columbia.edu
Mon Sep 17 10:53:18 EDT 2007

Sam Walters <sam.walters at gmail.com> writes:

> On Fri, Sep 14, 2007 at 07:35:22PM -0400, Xiao-Yong Jin wrote:
> :|  It would be possible to make a GUI-based utility to
> :|  configure some simple behaviours through some variables.
> :|  However, maintaining a Config.hs file is indispensable to 
> :|  make xmonad highly configurable.
> I think there has been an unspoken assumption that having a configuration
> utility excludes having a user-modifiable Config.hs file.  If the

I would like a utility that can modify an existing Config.hs
file.  Probably, some special mark-ups in the file could
permit this.  Something like the customize-* functions in
Emacs would do.

Of course, it could also be a separated file.  We could have
two configuration files.  One is automatically generated by
the utility, and the other can be customized by the user.
Some programs also do that.

> utility generates a fresh Config.hs instead of modifying
> an existing one, you get the best of both worlds.  The
> user would have the choice of using the generated file,
> modifying the generated file or using a file that came
> from another source.

In that case, you could only use that utility once, if you
want to modify it a bit.  But I don't think that utility 
is meant to be used only once.

> Sam
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