[xmonad] Reset layout to default on last window close

wagnerdm at seas.upenn.edu wagnerdm at seas.upenn.edu
Tue Feb 28 19:40:46 CET 2012

Quoting Alexander Batischev <eual.jp at gmail.com>:

> I want workspace layout to reset to some default once last window is
> closed. Quick glance though Xmonad-related modules names didn't give me
> any hints on what hook (or some other facility) to use, so I'm seeking
> your advice, fellow Xmonaders: how can I accomplish that?

To do this correctly, you'd need xmonad to inform you when it gets  
window deletion events. The best way to do that is to write a layout  
(modifier). I don't think a modifier that runs a particular action  
when the last window disappears has been written yet, but it seems  
like it shouldn't be too hard to do it once you've learned the basics  
of how layout works in xmonad.

Alternately, if you're willing to only close windows via xmonad (e.g.  
mod+shift+c), you could make a keybinding like this one:

import qualified Data.Set as S
((modMask .|. shiftMask, xK_c), do
     almostEmpty <- gets ((1 ==) . S.size . mapped)
     when almostEmpty (sendMessage (JumpToLayout blargle))

Caveat lector: this code is completely untested, and it certainly  
won't behave properly if the application closes itself (e.g. from a ^W  
or ^Q accelerator, from File -> Exit, by clicking a tray icon that  
hides the window, by middle-clicking the last tab in chromium/Firefox,  

Documentation for using the JumpToLayout message, which you will  
probably need for either solution, is available at

Some documentation on extending xmonad (but, notably, missing the  
section on LayoutClass, which is what you would need for the real  
solution) is available at

Good luck!

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