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Synopsis[edit | edit source]

This implements a togglable "window mode" with a custom keymap for window-manipulation keys.

Description[edit | edit source]

"Window mode" implements a modal "window editing" mode. This may be useful on some keyboards with fewer modifier keys or where it's desirable to toggle into a "window editing" mode.

For instance, if you use Focus-by-direction, bind pack and grow directions, and similar, sawfish can become quite handy to navigate via keyboard without eating a lot of "normally" global bindings.

But this is a huge hack, so watch out:

This alters the binding of global-keymap when you toggle into window mode. This means in theory it may be possible to blow away your carefully-crafted global keymap, if you try. For instance, if you toggle into window-mode, open the configuration editor, modify the new global keymap (which is now pointing at the window-mode keymap), save, and crash or kill sawfish before toggling back, you'll probably lose.

For the record, this has never happened to me. I also made Messages for just this purpose: it displays a big red "Window mode ON" in the corner of your screen, which is hopefully hard to miss. I recommend just avoiding altering bindings while window mode is on.

Installation[edit | edit source]

This requires Messages. Put that and this script in your sawfish lisp directory, and add the following to your startup file:

(require 'window-mode)

You will then need to bind a key to activate the mode, see below.

Configuration[edit | edit source]

You can configure bindings in sawfish-config, in the Bindings section, by selecting "Window mode global keymap" at the bottom. This starts with "Super-v" bound to "Window mode toggle", which will turn the mode off. Bind any other keys you want to use while in window mode here.

To activate window mode, add a binding to the Global keymap which calls "Window mode toggle". I recommend using the same key in both maps. (I also bind it to a modifier-mouse-button combination, so I can do window manipulations easily with just a mouse and one hand on the keyboard!)

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