[xmonad] many dzen instances

Jesús Guerrero i92guboj at terra.es
Thu Sep 4 15:42:02 EDT 2008

On Thu, 04 Sep 2008 21:01:09 +0200
Robert Manea <rob.manea at googlemail.com> wrote:

> I suppose you are using 'avoidStruts' to let xmonad know about the 
> correct values for the dzen instances.


> If so, then your issue are actually 2 issues:
> 1. Dzen sets some properties that tell xmonad to set apart some 
> screenspace for it.
>     Xmonad seems to be fine with the dzen on top, the one at the very 
> bottom should
>     work just as well, without any further config, though.
> 2. The second issue is the way how dzen decides to set those properties. 
> It does this
>     by inspecting wether it touches either the top or bottom edge of the 
> screen, and only sets
>     strut information if this is actually the case.
>     This means a dzen that does not touch one of the screen borders will 
> never be recognized
>     by xmonad and get extra space.
> I'm not sure if the latest xmonad release still contains code to 
> manually set a gap, but this  for sure
> would be the easiest way to solve your issue in a simple way.

I understand. I also thought of that solution, and I think the code is still
there, but I haven't even tried, since that would be only a temporal workaround
if the code is going to be deprecated soon.

However, there were some other concerns. I thikn that conky was leaking memory
or something. That and a few other annoyances made me switch. I now use a couple
of gkrellms on the right side of one of my monitors to monitor a couple of
boxes, and all is fine. I keep one dzen on the top for my windows, layouts
and workspaces.

So, after all I found a suitable solution for me.

Thanks for the response.

Jesús Guerrero <i92guboj at terra.es>
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