[xmonad] How to prefix workspace names with numbers?

Hans Chen hanswchen at gmail.com
Wed Oct 10 02:01:41 CEST 2012

On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 1:43 PM, Jacek Generowicz
<jacek.generowicz at cern.ch>wrote:

> OK, I'll have a go. I won't paste my whole config file, as that could
> well overwhelm you with irrelevant nonsense (and I'm embarassed about
> how much of a mess some of it is :-).

Wow, thanks for the comprehensive explanation! I actually figured it out
myself, but your config looks very interesting and I'll certainly see what
more I can learn from it.

Here's what I did:
1. Define two custom prompts:

myXPConfigSelect = defaultXPConfig
    { autoComplete        = Just 0
    , showCompletionOnTab = True

myXPConfigNew = defaultXPConfig
    { autoComplete        = Nothing
    , showCompletionOnTab = True
(I have some more settings but they aren't relevant here.)

2. Bind keys for switching and creating workspaces, in the latter case it
doesn't autocomplete:

-- Switch workspace
, ((modm              , xK_h), selectWorkspace  myXPConfigSelect)
-- Move window to workspace
, ((modm .|. shiftMask, xK_h), withWorkspace myXPConfigSelect (windows .
-- Create new workspace
, ((modm              , xK_n), selectWorkspace myXPConfigNew)
-- Move window to newly created workspace
, ((modm .|. shiftMask, xK_n), withWorkspace myXPConfigNew (windows .

Works like a charm. I'm still experimenting with which keys to use, but
otherwise I'm pretty satisfied with this.

On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM, Pablo Olmos de Aguilera C. <
pablo at glatelier.org> wrote:

> That's sounds great. I don't understand how (or where) in the screen
> you can list all those workspaces without going crazy or memorizing
> everything. I tried to use DWS and every new workspace is added before
> the first one (which seems a bit odd to me) and after a while dzen was
> totally filled, so I couldn't keep track of everything.

I was also annoyed by how newly created workspaces would mess up the order
with my configured ones. I found this patch that fixes it for me:

Ideally I would like to order all workspaces by when they were created.

On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM, Carlos López Camey <c.lopez at kmels.net>wrote:

> FWIW, I would like a setup where I can use Actions.CycleWS functions
> without going through empty workspaces. This could be
> simulated with workspaces on the fly.

And I would like Actions.CycleWS to ignore workspaces that are visible on
other screen (to avoid switching those workspaces). Now I'm going off
topic, but does anyone know if it's possible with the toggleOrDoSkip

About the original question about prefixing workspace names with numbers,
I'm happy with the prompt + autocomplete, so I don't really need an answer
(unless it's easy to achieve).

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