[xmonad] Customizing xmonad on debian lenny

wagnerdm at seas.upenn.edu wagnerdm at seas.upenn.edu
Tue Feb 9 05:43:58 EST 2010

Come join us in #xmonad on Freenode. We will make fun of you for a few  
minutes for using such an ancient xmonad, then do our best to help you  

As for 400MB of Haskell dependencies, I'm rather surprised that you're  
able to customize 0.7 without having those same dependencies. If  
you've got GHC installed, you might want to consider grabbing X11,  
xmonad, and xmonad-contrib from the darcs repositories (even the  
bleeding edge is quite stable -- I've never had it crash) and trying  
to build those.

Good luck!

Quoting Chris Jones <cjns1989 at gmail.com>:

> I have been trying to customize a couple of things in xmonad 0.7
> following the online tutorials to the letter and after a week of
> frustration, I'm beginning to think that these tutorials only cover the
> current release, which would explain why whatever I tried always seemed
> to result in bizarre undocumented errors.
> The product works fine out of the box as long as you just use the
> defaults, but there are just a couple of things I need to change, such
> as some of the key bindings (which happen to clash with bindings I have
> defined in applications I run frequently), as well as the default
> terminal and the corresponding $TERM environment variable, for instance.
> Besides, I would like to set up a system status bar at the bottom of
> the screen, and apparently this is not available by default.
> This is a debian stable aka "lenny" system, and the version of xmonad is
> as expected pretty ancient.
> I wouldn't mind installing the current stable version of xmonad, but
> since the version from the debian stable repository pulled something
> like 400 Meg of Haskell dependencies, I have a feeling this is probably
> not going to be straightforward.
> Or should I wait till the current debian testing, aka squeeze becomes
> stable, and hopefully things will work as advertised?
> Please advise.
> CJ
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