[xmonad] xterm/urxvt display problems

Mads N Noe mntnoe at gmail.com
Wed Jan 21 10:28:41 EST 2009

On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 03:32:04PM +0100, pascal wrote:
> Hi
> I have a shortcut for launching ncmpcpp (mpd client).
> When I use it for the first time in the session, the display is fine.
> But when I spawn it again I get some junk display, some areas of the
> screen are not refreshed, staying permanently. However if I laucnh
> ncmpcpp from an existing *term this problem disappears.
> Any ideas ?
> My spawn command is :
> ((modMask, xK_F1   ), spawn "/usr/bin/urxvt -rv -name ziq
> -e /usr/bin/ncmpcpp") 
> I'm not even sure it's an xmonad related problem
> Pascal
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I had a similar problem with mutt and other ncurses based apps. They
begin drawing using the original geometry before xmonad gets any change
to resize it. The reason it works the first time in a session is that
the startup is slower. I worked around it by making a small delay before
the app starts. Try something like this:

spawn "urxvt -e '{ sleep 0.2; myApp; }'"


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