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i3status on secondary monitor only?

asked 2013-10-16 08:15:25 +0000

Greymon gravatar image

updated 2013-10-16 11:05:30 +0000

I'm using a setup with dual portrait displays, and I'm wondering if there is a way to have i3status on the 2nd display only. Having the same thing displayed twice makes it look cluttered, not mention it's redundant. Here's what my bar section looks like:

bar { mode dock position top font pango: cure 10 workspace_buttons yes tray_output none status ~/.i3./conky.sh }

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answered 2013-10-16 09:39:47 +0000

updated 2013-10-16 09:44:22 +0000

You can use output [output name] in the bar section of your i3 config file to specify where the bar should be shown. See i3 user's guide, section 5.6

Edit: Okay, this way also the workspace buttons are removed. If you don't want that but just remove the status bar, just create a second bar section in the config without a status command, c.f. the complete example in section 5.6 of the user's guide.

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This actually highlights another issue I've been having. xrandr lists my monitor outputs as DVI-I-2 and DVI-I-3, but i3 doesn't accepts that as correct, and thus I can't put my bar on a single monitor. What am I doing wrong?

Greymon gravatar imageGreymon ( 2013-10-16 10:07:16 +0000 )edit

what do you mean by "doesn't accept that as correct"? It just doesn't work, or do you get some kind of an error? Sure you wrote it correct? I think there are people here that are working with devices exactly named like yours...

mschaefer gravatar imagemschaefer ( 2013-10-16 10:18:00 +0000 )edit

Sorry, I'm really bad at troubleshooting. When I use output DVI-I-3 in the bar section and reload i3, i3bar disappears. I can still move between workspaces, but the bar is gone entirely. I've tried DVI-I-2, as well, with same results, as well as DVI2 and DVI3.

Greymon gravatar imageGreymon ( 2013-10-16 10:30:01 +0000 )edit

Could you post the bar sections of your config in your initial post? Could be helpful

mschaefer gravatar imagemschaefer ( 2013-10-16 10:54:43 +0000 )edit

Could you check if you have `force_xinerama yes` somewhere in your config? In that case the outputs would be named `xinerama-0` and `xinerama-1` no matter what `xrandr` says. This was [needed for older nVidia drivers](http://i3wm.org/docs/multi-monitor.html) and you may no longer need it.

Adaephon gravatar imageAdaephon ( 2013-11-05 11:49:55 +0000 )edit

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