[xmonad] background applications

Sergey Manucharian ingeniware at gmail.com
Sun Aug 29 22:50:57 EDT 2010

Excerpts from Eric Abrahamsen's message of Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:56 +0800:

> I've got some applications that are run at startup, including Skype.
> Under gnome (or do I mean metacity?) Skype shows up only in the system
> tray, no window. Under xmonad, Skype runs (if someone calls me a
> floating window appears), but since it has no window I seem to have no
> means of interacting with it. Is there some way I can call it up? Or
> at worst, have it start with an actual window?
> I'm trying to get a handle on the different "levels" that xmonad can
> run at: either within gnome, or instead of gnome... is that right?
> Currently I start out by selecting xmonad as my session at the gdm
> login page, and the operative file
> is /usr/share/xsessions/xmonad.desktop, rather
> than /usr/share/applications/xmonad.desktop.
> Anyway, any pointers (either purely practical, or more conceptual)
> would be welcome!

Hi Eric,

I use trayer [0] - it's a tiny application which I start from
my .xinitrc. It holds Skypes and Pidgin's tray icons.

I believe there must be a package for Ubuntu.

Another topic is how to handle messengers' body list and other windows.
People mostly use IM layout.


[0] http://download.gna.org/fvwm-crystal/

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