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asked 2013-06-13 13:44:12 +0000

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Awesome wm has a cool feature, size hints that expands terminal emulators not to whole screen or split size but to needed size for the font used. It leaves a little space where the background can be seen and it looks better in my opinion, any idea how to use it in i3?

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answered 2013-06-16 11:43:52 +0000

Another potential solution to this (which won't be accepted by i3 most likely), is windows respect size hints by centering the window relative to each other and the size hints they set; the effect of this would be to have tiny gaps between all the windows.

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answered 2013-06-13 18:33:08 +0000

Michael gravatar image

updated 2013-06-16 21:43:41 +0000

Since version 4.3, we do that, too:

So, upgrade :)

[edit] As others have pointed out, your question was about having gaps between windows. This is not supported in i3 and won’t be.

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As i read here "Furthermore, we decided to entirely ignore resize increment size hints for tiling windows" i3 ignores size hints completle, i wanna have size hints so that there is a little space around urxvt

Marko gravatar imageMarko ( 2013-06-13 19:17:25 +0000 )edit

I personally think size-hints are an important thing to support. It's all very well saying "but terminals do a better job of this if there's transparency therefore we don't need to support it", but the window *provided* size hints for a reason---we should be honouring that.

ThomasAdam gravatar imageThomasAdam ( 2013-06-14 20:23:48 +0000 )edit

ThomasAdam: No we shouldn’t support this particular hint which the commit is about. Handling it in i3 really makes things worse.

Michael gravatar imageMichael ( 2013-06-16 21:42:52 +0000 )edit

Presumably because you can't then have 100% coverage across the entire workspace without leaving gaps, or some other reason?

ThomasAdam gravatar imageThomasAdam ( 2013-06-16 21:44:00 +0000 )edit

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