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       9wm - 8-1/2-like Window Manager for X


       9wm  [  -grey  ]  [  -version  ]  [  -font fname ] [ -term termprog ] [
       exit|restart ]


       9wm is a window manager for X which  attempts  to  emulate  the  window
       management policies of Plan 9’s 8-1/2 window manager.

       The  -grey  option makes the background light grey, as does 8-1/2.  Use
       this option for maximum authenticity.  -font fname  sets  the  font  in
       9wm’s  menu to fname, overriding the default.  -term termprog specifies
       an alternative program to run when  the  New  menu  item  is  selected.
       -version prints the current version on standard error, then exits.

       To  make 9wm exit, you have to run 9wm exit on the command line.  There
       is no ‘‘exit’’ menu item.

       9wm is click-to-type: it has a notion of the current window,  which  is
       usually  on  top, and always has its border darkened.  Characters typed
       at the keyboard go to the current window, and mouse clicks outside  the
       current  window  are  swallowed  up by 9wm.  To make another window the
       current one, click  on  it  with  button  1.   Unlike  other  X  window
       managers,  9wm  implements ‘mouse focus’: mouse events are sent only to
       the current window.

       A menu of window operations is available by pressing button  3  outside
       the current window.  The first of these, New, attempts to spawn a 9term
       process (or xterm if 9term is  not  available).   The  new  9term  will
       request  that  its  outline  be  swept  using button 3 of the mouse, by
       changing the cursor.  (xterm defaults to a fixed size, and  thus  wants
       to be dragged; pressing button 3 places it.)

       The  next  four menu items are Reshape, Move, Delete, and Hide.  All of
       the operations change the cursor into a target, prompting the  user  to
       click  button  3  on one of the windows to select it for the operation.
       At this stage, clicking  button  1  or  2  will  abort  the  operation.
       Otherwise,  if  the operation was Resize, the user is prompted to sweep
       out the new outline with button 3.  If it was  Move,  the  user  should
       keep  the  button  held  down after the initial click that selected the
       window, and drag the window to the right place  before  releasing.   In
       either case, button 1 or 2 will abort the operation.

       If  the  Delete  operation is selected, the window will be deleted when
       the button is released.  This typically kills the client that owns  the
       window.   The  Hide  operation  just makes the window invisible.  While
       hidden, the window’s name appears on the bottom of the button  3  menu.
       Selecting  that  item  brings  the  window  back  (unhides  it).   This
       operation replaces the iconification feature provided by  other  window


       Is not completely compatible with 8-1/2.

       There is a currently a compiled-in limit of 32 hidden windows.


       9term(1), xterm(1).