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additional dock (docky, GLX-Dock, awn...)

asked 2013-05-28 13:32:46 +0000

cee gravatar image

updated 2013-06-01 20:27:40 +0000

Hi all,

In my quest to make i3 even more awesome for me, I am trying different things and playing with some config files.
Currently I am using XFCE with i3 as window manager. This is great, because I am used to XFCE and it plays really well with the tiling wm.
What I tried today, was to use an additional dock (I tried the ones from the title) for some eye candy.

Has anybody already have a similar setup?

docky seems to run fine (unfortunately I can't put it on top of screen)
GLX-Dock was working on bottom (then I put it on the right edge and it screwd up. I had to kill it from another tty, because I wasn't even able to open a new terminal.
No luck so far with awn...
xfce4-bar works lovely.

As a new user to i3, I am interested to make the most of it. The i3 documentation is pretty good, but to achieve some more advanced/customized experience I prefer examples. That is the background for the (not so clear) question. I am (still) eager to see and hear what kind of launchers you use.
Where are the cli-die-hards that only use dmenu (or what have you). Where are the advantages. How does your config look like?
Are there also some "klickibunti" GUI guys, that prefer nice colorful menus? I mean who does not like to have a nice PC?
Of course I also like to hear from anyone that is somewhere in between (like most will be).
I hoped to see some solutions and inputs from other i3 users.

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Your question is not really clear, but as you apparently have a partial answer, why don't you answer yourself?

joepd gravatar imagejoepd ( 2013-06-01 06:30:25 +0000 )edit

I just wanted to know if anybody already has played with different dock applications.

cee gravatar imagecee ( 2013-06-01 06:58:45 +0000 )edit

Guess this is not the best place for a user survey. Please provide your own answer for `xfce4-bar`, as that might help others in a similar quest.

joepd gravatar imagejoepd ( 2013-06-05 21:03:23 +0000 )edit

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answered 2013-07-10 22:09:59 +0000

cee gravatar image

OK. So it seems most of you guys are pretty happy with i3 and don't want any other bars anywhere. Or it's maybe just me posing stupid questions (user serveys, as joepd called it).

It took a while to write this answer because I wanted to test it on a clean install, since my main laptop already had (full) xfce and I then only switched window manager.

Anyway, here is what I did.

  • installed xfce4-panel
  • added 'exec xfce4-panel' to ~/.i3/config (test first if it runs from cli)
  • installed xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin (nicer start menu for those who like it, not necessary)

I guess that's it.

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answered 2013-12-15 10:24:32 +0000

Techlive Zheng gravatar image

updated 2013-12-16 07:52:23 +0000

I am using docky, and it works fine.

Okay, here are the screenshots.

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(Apparently, I don't have enough karma to upload the screenshot or post links)

Currently status is, most of the docklets are working, the application window is not reflected in the docky, also no 3D background or auto-hiding, but it is enough for me now.

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Do you have a screenshot?

cee gravatar imagecee ( 2013-12-16 07:32:05 +0000 )edit

@cee screenshots updated, be aware of the blank spaces in 'h t t p s', as I don't have enough karma to post links.

Techlive Zheng gravatar imageTechlive Zheng ( 2013-12-16 07:53:37 +0000 )edit

Thank you. It seems that it is not automatically hidden and shown when mouse is over the hotspot (I guess that would be the default behavour). Anyway looks good, but meanwhile I dropped xfce-bar all together and using only the i3-statusbar.

cee gravatar imagecee ( 2013-12-16 09:24:52 +0000 )edit

@cee Yes, as I said, it does not do auto-hiding at the moment, it seems i3 does not allow it or so.

Techlive Zheng gravatar imageTechlive Zheng ( 2013-12-16 09:38:09 +0000 )edit

Sorry, did not read it well enough till the end.

cee gravatar imagecee ( 2013-12-16 09:51:16 +0000 )edit

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