FvwmPager - the FVWM Pager module
FvwmPager is spawned by fvwm, so no command line invocation
will work. From within the .fvwmrc file, FvwmPager is
spawned as follows:
Module FvwmPager 0 3
or from within an fvwm pop-up menu:
AddToMenu Module-Popup "Modules" Title
+ "Audio" Module FvwmAudio
+ "Auto" Module FvwmAuto 200
+ "Buttons" Module FvwmButtons
+ "Ident" Module FvwmIdent
+ "Banner" Module FvwmBanner
+ "Pager" Module FvwmPager 0 3
where "0" is the first desktop to show, and "3" is the last.
The FvwmPager module shows a miniature view of the Fvwm
desktops which are specified in the command line. This is a
useful reminder of where your active windows are. Windows in
the pager are shown in the same color as their fvwm
The pager can be used to change your viewport into the
current desktop, to change desktops, or to move windows
Pressing mouse button 1 in the pager will cause you viewport
to change to the selected page of the selected desk. If you
click with button 1 in the desk-label area, you will switch
desks but not pages within the desk.
Dragging mouse button 2 on a miniature view of a window will
cause that window to be move to the location where you
release the mouse button, but your viewport will not change.
If you drag the window out of the pager and onto your
desktop, a full size image of the window will appear for you
to place. There is no way to pick up a full size image of
the window and move it into the pager, however. Since some
mice do not have button 2, I have made provisions to drag
windows in the pager by using pressing modifier-1 (usually
Alt) and dragging with button 3.
Clicking mouse button 3 on a location within the current
desktop will cause the viewport to move to the selected
location, but will not align the viewport to a page
boundary. Dragging button 3 will cause the viewport to move
as you drag. Button 3 operations are limited to the current
When iconified, the pager will work as a fully functional
current page only pager. Windows and viewports can be moved
within the icon of the pager. Users will want to make sure
that they have no lines similar to
Icon "Fvwm Pager" whatever
in their .fvwmrc files.
The FvwmClean program, and the concept for interfacing this
module to the Window Manager, are all original work by
Copyright 1994, Robert Nation. No guarantees or warranties
or anything are provided or implied in any way whatsoever.
Use this program at your own risk. Permission to use this
program for any purpose is given, as long as the copyright
is kept intact.
During initialization, FvwmPager will eventually search a
configuration file which describes the time-outs and actions
to take. The configuration file is the same file that fvwm
used during initialization.
If the FvwmPager executable is linked to another name, ie ln
-s FvwmPager OtherPager, then another module called
OtherPager can be started, with a completely different
configuration than FvwmPager, simply by changing the keyword
FvwmPager to OtherPager. This way multiple pager programs
can be used.
KEYBOARD FOCUS CONTROL
You can direct the keyboard focus to any window on the
current desktop by clicking with button 2 on its image in
the pager. The window does not need to be visible, but it
does need to be on the current page.
The invocation method was shown in the synopsis section
FvwmPager reads the same .fvwmrc file as fvwm reads when it
starts up, and looks for certain configuration options:
Completely or partially specifies the pager windows
location and geometry, in standard X11 notation. In
order to maintain an undistorted aspect ratio, you
might want to leave out either the width or height
dimension of the geometry specification
Tells fvwm how many rows of desks to use when laying
out the pager window.
Tells fvwm how many columnss of desks to use when
laying out the pager window.
Specifies a size (optional) and location (optional) for
the pager's icon window. Since there is no easy way for
FvwmPager to determine the height of the icon's label,
you will have to make an allowance for the icon label
height when using negative y-coordinates in the icon
location specification (used to specify a location
relative to the bottom instead of the top of the
Causes the pager to start iconified.
Specified a font to use to label the desktops. If
font_name is "none" then no desktop labels will be
Specified a font to use to label the window names in
the pager. If not specified, the window labels will be
omitted. Window labels seem to be fairly useless for
desktop scales of 32 or greater. If font_name is
"none" then no window names will be displayed.
Specifies the color to use to write the desktop labels,
and to draw the page-grid lines.
Specifies the background color for the window.
The active page and desk label will be highlighted by
using this background pattern instead of the normal
*FvwmPagerWindowColors fore back hiFore hiBack
Change the normal/highlight colors of the windows. fore
and hiFore specify the colors as used for the font
inside the windows. back and hiBack are used to fill
the windows with.
*FvwmPagerLabel desk label
Assigns the text label to desk desk in the pager
window. Useful for assigning symbolic names to
*FvwmPagerLabel 1 Mail
*FvwmPagerLabel 2 Maker
*FvwmPagerLabel 2 Matlab
*FvwmPagerDeskColor desk color
Assigns the color color to desk desk in the pager
window. This replaces the background color for the
particular desk. This only works when the pager is
full sized. When Iconified, the pager uses the color
specified by *FvwmPagerBack.
TIP: Try using *FvwmPagerDeskColor in conjunction with
FvwmCpp (or FvwmM4) and FvwmBacker to assign identical
colors to your various desktops and the pager
If the geometry is not specified, then a desktop
reduction factor is used to calculate the pager's size.
Things in the pager window are shown at 1/number of the
Allow the pager to display a window's mini icon in the
pager, if it has one, instead of showing the window's
DeskColor patch contributed by Alan Wild
MiniIcons and WindowColors patch contributed by Rob Whapham