FvwmPager - the FVWM Pager module
FvwmPager is spawned by fvwm, so no command line invoca-
tion 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
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. Win-
dows in the pager are shown in the same color as their
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 view-
port 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 provi-
sions to drag windows in the pager by using pressing modi-
fier-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
move as you drag. Button 3 operations are limited to the
current desktop only.
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 FvwmPager program, and the concept for interfacing
this module to the Window Manager, are all original work
by Robert Nation.
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 key-
word 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 lay-
ing 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 screen).
Causes the pager to start iconified.
Causes the pager to start normally. Useful for
cancelling the effect of the StartIconic option.
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
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
*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
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
Allow the pager to display a window's mini icon in
the pager, if it has one, instead of showing the
DeskColor patch contributed by Alan Wild
MiniIcons and WindowColors patch contributed by Rob
Man(1) output converted with