xfwm instead of matchbox-wm on debian?

Fox Mulder Quakeman1 at gmx.net
Wed Sep 3 23:02:48 CEST 2008

I found a solution. With xfwm4 i now can change settings for all
windows. When i set the keyboard window to "always on top" it gets over
all other windows. Now it is useable within all circumstances.
And the good part is that xfwm4 uses about the same amout of ram as
matchbox-wm but is much more comfortable. :)


Fox Mulder wrote:
> Ok it seems it does work after restart. I only tried to kill matchbox-wm
> and start xfwm4 (and matchbox-keyboard-toggle) but then it doesn't work.
> Now i tried to replace the wm within the zhone-session file and rebooted
> and the keyboard comes when pressing the key. :)
> Now i only have the problem left that the keyboard window isn't on top
> all the time and some system windows are above the keyboard. So i can't
> type anything into these windows because i can't get the keyboard on top
> again. :/
> Ciao,
>      Rainer
> Christian Adams wrote:
>> moin,
>> you could edit /usr/bin/matchbox-keyboard-toggle (simpley python) to  
>> open/close xvkbd instead matchbox-keyboard. you can also give xvkbd a  
>> -geometry <width>x<height>+<x>+<y> to tel it where to appear on the  
>> screen.
>> (like i do in /etc/X11/xdm/Xsetup xvkbd -xdm -compact -geometry  
>> 480x210+0+430 &)
>> regards, morlac
>> Am 03.09.2008 um 21:01 schrieb Fox Mulder:
>>> You have to replace the matchbox-wm line in zhone-session by xfwm4 to
>>> start the xfce-wm. I also experiment with it at the moment but i  
>>> got one
>>> big problem.
>>> Everything looks fine after start and xfwm is running. Now it is much
>>> more to my liking with window resize and move functions.
>>> But the matchbox keyboard isn't working anymore (won't pop up after  
>>> key
>>> press) which is a big problem. I think the keyboard is only properly
>>> attached to matchbox-wm and not xfwm. Maybe it doesn't work at all  
>>> with
>>> xfwm, but this is the point where i'm stuck at.
>>> Does anybody know what i have to do to regain the matchbox keyboard or
>>> maybe some other keyboard with xfwm when pressing the aux button?
>>> I still have the "matchbox-keyboard-toggle &" in the zhone-session  
>>> file
>>> before starting xfwm.
>>> Ciao,
>>>      Rainer
>>> Marcel wrote:
>>>> Moin,
>>>> I was recently trying to get xfwm running instead of the matchbox- 
>>>> wm on
>>>> debian, but simply removing the matchbox-wm line from zhone- 
>>>> session only
>>>> prevents xfce from starting at all, xorg comes up though.
>>>> Where's matchbox-window-manager woven in additionally? Or where/ 
>>>> how do I need
>>>> to start xfwm4, isn't it loaded by startxfce4?
>>>> -Marcel
>>    eMail:	morlac at morlac.de
>>    Jabber:	morlac at skavaer.homelinux.org
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