[xmonad] Re: Patch: improved support for replacing an existing window manager

Yaakov Nemoy loupgaroublond at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 12:22:59 EDT 2009

2009/10/12 Justin Bogner <mail at justinbogner.com>:
> Adam Vogt <vogt.adam at gmail.com> writes:
>> For reference, I've added to contrib the module XMonad.Util.Replace,
>> which seems to work as well as these core patches, other than the lack
>> of command line flag support (the xmonad binary does not pass flags
>> other than --resume to the ~/.xmonad/xmonad-$arch-$os).
>> Any suggestions for addressing that problem (or the alternative of
>> running `~/.xmonad/xmonad-$arch-$os --replace' instead of
>> /usr/bin/xmonad)
> I've thought for quite a while that it would be convenient for xmonad to
> pass any unknown flags on to ~/.xmonad/xmonad-$arch-$os, as that would
> allow for a lot of nice flexibility.
> The disadvantage, of course, is that unimplemented flags would probably
> just be ignored, adding a whole new dimension of user errors.
> What does everyone else think?

Let it pass ignored, and then create a contrib module that complains
if it doesn't have any handlers for a particular option flag. Then
encourage people to use it, just like certain modules are highly
encourage like EWMH for desktop environments.

Just my 0.02 EUR.

-Yaakov Nemoy

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