[xmonad] Re: Issue 361 in xmonad: Layout.Tabbed works like Full

Wirt Wolff wirtwolff at gmail.com
Thu Jan 21 14:03:27 EST 2010

Excerpts from codesite-noreply's message of Thu Jan 21 11:24:17 -0700 2010:
> Comment #5 on issue 361 by zl29ah: Layout.Tabbed works like Full
> http://code.google.com/p/xmonad/issues/detail?id=361
> > And how doesn't tabbedAlways work?
> Exactly like simpleTabbed.

I suspect what's happening here is that the default bitmap font,
"-misc-fixed-*-*-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-*-*" is not loaded on your
xorg server. Tabbed layouts fall back to Full when there is a
font error. You could run `xset fp+ /path/to/fonts/misc' and
`xset fp rehash' if you have it installed. You could then add
that font path to xorg.conf so it gets used in the future.

If you have no desire to mess with legacy fonts you can pick
an xft font you have installed, say DejaVu, and use it in a
custom theme with your tabbed layouts:

myTheme = defaultTheme { fontName = "xft:DejaVu Sans:size=10" }

 main = xmonad defaultConfig
    { layoutHook = tabbedAlways shrinkText myTheme }

Hopefully this gets your layouts working properly, and in
the future xmonad communicates the problem more clearly,
rather than hiding font problems behind unexpected layout


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