[xmonad] xmonad on OSX Mountain Lion

Sean Escriva sean.escriva at gmail.com
Sun Feb 3 08:46:46 CET 2013

While that is true, there has been some effort to get something
working that can use xmonad to manage native applications:


It was definitely alpha quality when I tried using it, but worked much
better than I would have expected.

On Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM, Brandon Allbery <allbery.b at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 5:53 PM, Mark Pardijs <mrpardijs at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I spend an evening trying to get xmonad under OSX Mountain Lion to work,
>> but with little success... I followed this guides
>> (http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Xmonad/Using_xmonad_on_Apple_OSX#Modern_installation_instructions,
>> http://sourcematters.org/2012/06/27/xmonad-on-os-x-lion.html,
>> https://gist.github.com/3923233). I end up with having X11 configured as not
>> run in Full screen mode, other wise nothing happens and I just see my normal
>> OSX desktop. When I then start XQuartz app, I can start various xterms, or
>> xlogo, or xman by pressing Mod-return, and switch to the default xmonad
>> layouts, but don't get the idea how to manage opening other applications
>> such as my browser or, for example, the Notes app.
>> Can you explain how this should work and how to accomplish this?
> OS X is not based on X11; native applications are not managed by xmonad (and
> can't be), and if you want the default bindings for launchers then you would
> need to install dmenu and/or gmrun from somewhere.
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