[xmonad] xmonad, dzen, pipeline issues

Mads N Noe mntnoe at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 06:49:21 EDT 2009

Are you sure the dzen windows doesn't simply overlap each other?  Try to
append "-x 500" to "xmonad | dzen2 -ta center".

Your X session ends when the session script (~/.xsession for me)
terminates.  Quitting xmonad, doesn't do anything special but to
terminate the xmonad process.  You can use pstree to find out which
process prevents the session script from ending:

     |     `-xdm---.xsession---xmonad-i386-lin


On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 03:13:45AM -0400, Matthew wrote:
> I am trying to make dzen play nicely with xmonad and have run into a number of
> unpleasant issues. 
> I tried to set up dzen according to this webpage,
> http://tombuntu.com/index.php/2009/03/19/adding-a-dzen2-statusbar-to-xmonad/
> That more or less works,  however I want to run a second dzen process so that I can view a clock and perhaps
> create a button or two for some other tasks.    Initially my xmonad startup shell script  (called via xsessions)  looked like this:
> #!/bin/sh
> xmonad-clock | dzen2 -ta left -fg green -tw 500  -e "button1=exec:xterm" &
> xmonad | dzen2 -ta center 
> where xmonad-clock writes out the time periodically (every 5 seconds or so).  The button was just an attempt to play around with dzen.
> Unfortunately this doesn't work,  the clock never gets displayed.  If I run that command from a bash shell, after xmodem has launched,
> it works fine.
> I finally ended up putting the clock command piped to dzen  (2nd line above) in .xinitrc.  This approach does display the clock but the button doesn't work.
> All of these approaches have the additional annoying problem that when I try to quit xmonad via alt-shift-q,   xmonad essentally hangs, or more likely it quits leaving no windows
> manager and no way to do anything but reboot.  I have to make sure that dzen and xmonad-clock have been killed prior to quitting xmonad.
> I am running xmonad on a 64 bit build of arch-linux.  What is causing this behavior, and is there any way I can get dzen or multiple copies of dzen to behave the way I want?
> I think I need at least two copies since the clock has to be updated periodically,  wheras the output piped to dzen from xmonad is only sent during state updates.
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