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asked 2013-01-27 18:04:38 +0000

Mr Green gravatar image

I am struggling a little with alsamixer, have a small script that I can run from dmenu

  $TERMINAL --command="alsamixer"
  i3-msg floating enable
  i3-msg move absolute position center

It does work but not how I wanted it, need a terminal window to open in the middle of workspace free form tiling [floating]

Or would it be easier with a simple key bind?

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answered 2013-01-28 07:49:34 +0000

Michael gravatar image

It’s a better idea to launch your terminal with a property that you can identify in the i3 config, like so:

i3-msg exec urxvt -name alsamixer

Then, in your i3 config, place the commands you want to use:

for_window [instance="^alsamixer$" class="^URxvt$"] floating enable, move absolute position center
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See my comment above

Mr Green gravatar imageMr Green ( 2013-01-28 16:44:57 +0000 )edit

Please don’t post comments as answers, that’s what comments are for.

Michael gravatar imageMichael ( 2013-01-29 09:28:23 +0000 )edit

If you need to use (?i)alsamixer that means your capitalization is different from mine. i means case insensitive.

Michael gravatar imageMichael ( 2013-01-29 09:28:48 +0000 )edit

Sorry I meant to post a comment not an answer. As for having a `for_window` line for every instance of a script that needs to be run in a terminal, am thinking could I use a variable? or a mode like function so I do not need to specify that it needs to run in a terminal each time? As I already have

Mr Green gravatar imageMr Green ( 2013-01-29 11:58:45 +0000 )edit

answered 2013-01-29 04:16:52 +0000

dkeg gravatar image

updated 2013-01-29 04:17:24 +0000

Curious, why the need to specify an absolute position of center? Floating windows position themselves centered automatically.

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No its not required if you do not need it, still new to i3 so working my way through the options

Mr Green gravatar imageMr Green ( 2013-01-29 08:41:29 +0000 )edit

that's okay, we'll all learning. It was just as much a question as a statement. I just figured out how to force position elsewhere besides center for floaters!

dkeg gravatar imagedkeg ( 2013-01-29 12:48:16 +0000 )edit

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