xmonad-0.9.1: A tiling window manager

Portabilitynot portable, uses cunning newtype deriving



The X monad, a state monad transformer over IO, for the window manager state, and support routines.



data X a Source

The X monad, ReaderT and StateT transformers over IO encapsulating the window manager configuration and state, respectively.

Dynamic components may be retrieved with get, static components with ask. With newtype deriving we get readers and state monads instantiated on XConf and XState automatically.

type WorkspaceId = StringSource

Virtual workspace indices

newtype ScreenId Source

Physical screen indices


S Int 

data ScreenDetail Source

The Rectangle with screen dimensions




screenRect :: !Rectangle

data XState Source

XState, the (mutable) window manager state.




windowset :: !WindowSet

workspace list

mapped :: !(Set Window)

the Set of mapped windows

waitingUnmap :: !(Map Window Int)

the number of expected UnmapEvents

dragging :: !(Maybe (Position -> Position -> X (), X ()))


data XConf Source

XConf, the (read-only) window manager configuration.




display :: Display

the X11 display

config :: !(XConfig Layout)

initial user configuration

theRoot :: !Window

the root window

normalBorder :: !Pixel

border color of unfocused windows

focusedBorder :: !Pixel

border color of the focused window

keyActions :: !(Map (KeyMask, KeySym) (X ()))

a mapping of key presses to actions

buttonActions :: !(Map (KeyMask, Button) (Window -> X ()))

a mapping of button presses to actions

mouseFocused :: !Bool

was refocus caused by mouse action?

mousePosition :: !(Maybe (Position, Position))

position of the mouse according to the event currently being processed


data XConfig l Source




normalBorderColor :: !String

Non focused windows border color. Default: "#dddddd"

focusedBorderColor :: !String

Focused windows border color. Default: "#ff0000"

terminal :: !String

The preferred terminal application. Default: "xterm"

layoutHook :: !(l Window)

The available layouts

manageHook :: !ManageHook

The action to run when a new window is opened

handleEventHook :: !(Event -> X All)

Handle an X event, returns (All True) if the default handler should also be run afterwards. mappend should be used for combining event hooks in most cases.

workspaces :: ![String]

The list of workspaces' names

numlockMask :: !KeyMask

The numlock modifier

modMask :: !KeyMask

the mod modifier

keys :: !(XConfig Layout -> Map (ButtonMask, KeySym) (X ()))

The key binding: a map from key presses and actions

mouseBindings :: !(XConfig Layout -> Map (ButtonMask, Button) (Window -> X ()))

The mouse bindings

borderWidth :: !Dimension

The border width

logHook :: !(X ())

The action to perform when the windows set is changed

startupHook :: !(X ())

The action to perform on startup

focusFollowsMouse :: !Bool

Whether window entry events can change focus

class Show (layout a) => LayoutClass layout a whereSource

Every layout must be an instance of LayoutClass, which defines the basic layout operations along with a sensible default for each.

Minimal complete definition:

You should also strongly consider implementing description, although it is not required.

Note that any code which uses LayoutClass methods should only ever call runLayout, handleMessage, and description! In other words, the only calls to doLayout, pureMessage, and other such methods should be from the default implementations of runLayout, handleMessage, and so on. This ensures that the proper methods will be used, regardless of the particular methods that any LayoutClass instance chooses to define.


runLayout :: Workspace WorkspaceId (layout a) a -> Rectangle -> X ([(a, Rectangle)], Maybe (layout a))Source

By default, runLayout calls doLayout if there are any windows to be laid out, and emptyLayout otherwise. Most instances of LayoutClass probably do not need to implement runLayout; it is only useful for layouts which wish to make use of more of the Workspace information (for example, XMonad.Layout.PerWorkspace).

doLayout :: layout a -> Rectangle -> Stack a -> X ([(a, Rectangle)], Maybe (layout a))Source

Given a Rectangle in which to place the windows, and a Stack of windows, return a list of windows and their corresponding Rectangles. If an element is not given a Rectangle by doLayout, then it is not shown on screen. The order of windows in this list should be the desired stacking order.

Also possibly return a modified layout (by returning Just newLayout), if this layout needs to be modified (e.g. if it keeps track of some sort of state). Return Nothing if the layout does not need to be modified.

Layouts which do not need access to the X monad (IO, window manager state, or configuration) and do not keep track of their own state should implement pureLayout instead of doLayout.

pureLayout :: layout a -> Rectangle -> Stack a -> [(a, Rectangle)]Source

This is a pure version of doLayout, for cases where we don't need access to the X monad to determine how to lay out the windows, and we don't need to modify the layout itself.

emptyLayout :: layout a -> Rectangle -> X ([(a, Rectangle)], Maybe (layout a))Source

emptyLayout is called when there are no windows.

handleMessage :: layout a -> SomeMessage -> X (Maybe (layout a))Source

handleMessage performs message handling. If handleMessage returns Nothing, then the layout did not respond to the message and the screen is not refreshed. Otherwise, handleMessage returns an updated layout and the screen is refreshed.

Layouts which do not need access to the X monad to decide how to handle messages should implement pureMessage instead of handleMessage (this restricts the risk of error, and makes testing much easier).

pureMessage :: layout a -> SomeMessage -> Maybe (layout a)Source

Respond to a message by (possibly) changing our layout, but taking no other action. If the layout changes, the screen will be refreshed.

description :: layout a -> StringSource

This should be a human-readable string that is used when selecting layouts by name. The default implementation is show, which is in some cases a poor default.

data Layout a Source

An existential type that can hold any object that is in Read and LayoutClass.


forall l . (LayoutClass l a, Read (l a)) => Layout (l a) 

readsLayout :: Layout a -> String -> [(Layout a, String)]Source

Using the Layout as a witness, parse existentially wrapped windows from a String.

class Typeable a

The class Typeable allows a concrete representation of a type to be calculated.


Typeable Bool 
Typeable Char 
Typeable Double 
Typeable Float 
Typeable Int 
Typeable Int8 
Typeable Int16 
Typeable Int32 
Typeable Int64 
Typeable Integer 
Typeable Ordering 
Typeable RealWorld 
Typeable Word 
Typeable Word8 
Typeable Word16 
Typeable Word32 
Typeable Word64 
Typeable () 
Typeable XErrorEvent 
Typeable XComposeStatus 
Typeable XTextProperty 
Typeable FdSet 
Typeable TimeZone 
Typeable Event 
Typeable XEvent 
Typeable Display 
Typeable Screen 
Typeable Visual 
Typeable GC 
Typeable GCValues 
Typeable SetWindowAttributes 
Typeable Image 
Typeable Point 
Typeable Rectangle 
Typeable Arc 
Typeable Segment 
Typeable Color 
Typeable Handle 
Typeable Handle__ 
Typeable Exception 
Typeable DataType 
Typeable CDev 
Typeable CIno 
Typeable CMode 
Typeable COff 
Typeable CPid 
Typeable CSsize 
Typeable CGid 
Typeable CNlink 
Typeable CUid 
Typeable CCc 
Typeable CSpeed 
Typeable CTcflag 
Typeable CRLim 
Typeable Fd 
Typeable BlockedIndefinitelyOnMVar 
Typeable BlockedIndefinitelyOnSTM 
Typeable Deadlock 
Typeable AssertionFailed 
Typeable AsyncException 
Typeable ArrayException 
Typeable ExitCode 
Typeable CChar 
Typeable CSChar 
Typeable CUChar 
Typeable CShort 
Typeable CUShort 
Typeable CInt 
Typeable CUInt 
Typeable CLong 
Typeable CULong 
Typeable CLLong 
Typeable CULLong 
Typeable CFloat 
Typeable CDouble 
Typeable CPtrdiff 
Typeable CSize 
Typeable CWchar 
Typeable CSigAtomic 
Typeable CClock 
Typeable CTime 
Typeable CIntPtr 
Typeable CUIntPtr 
Typeable CIntMax 
Typeable CUIntMax 
Typeable IOException 
Typeable SomeException 
Typeable ErrorCall 
Typeable ArithException 
Typeable TypeRep 
Typeable TyCon 
Typeable Handler 
Typeable LayoutMessages 
Typeable NextNoWrap 
Typeable ChangeLayout 
Typeable IncMasterN 
Typeable Resize 
(Typeable1 s, Typeable a) => Typeable (s a) 

class Typeable a => Message a Source

Based on ideas in /An Extensible Dynamically-Typed Hierarchy of Exceptions/, Simon Marlow, 2006. Use extensible messages to the handleMessage handler.

User-extensible messages must be a member of this class.

data SomeMessage Source

A wrapped value of some type in the Message class.


forall a . Message a => SomeMessage a 

fromMessage :: Message m => SomeMessage -> Maybe mSource

And now, unwrap a given, unknown Message type, performing a (dynamic) type check on the result.

data LayoutMessages Source

LayoutMessages are core messages that all layouts (especially stateful layouts) should consider handling.



sent when a layout becomes non-visible


sent when xmonad is exiting or restarting

runX :: XConf -> XState -> X a -> IO (a, XState)Source

Run the X monad, given a chunk of X monad code, and an initial state Return the result, and final state

catchX :: X a -> X a -> X aSource

Run in the X monad, and in case of exception, and catch it and log it to stderr, and run the error case.

userCode :: X a -> X (Maybe a)Source

Execute the argument, catching all exceptions. Either this function or catchX should be used at all callsites of user customized code.

userCodeDef :: a -> X a -> X aSource

Same as userCode but with a default argument to return instead of using Maybe, provided for convenience.

io :: MonadIO m => IO a -> m aSource

General utilities

Lift an IO action into the X monad

catchIO :: MonadIO m => IO () -> m ()Source

Lift an IO action into the X monad. If the action results in an IO exception, log the exception to stderr and continue normal execution.

installSignalHandlers :: MonadIO m => m ()Source

Ignore SIGPIPE to avoid termination when a pipe is full, and SIGCHLD to avoid zombie processes, and clean up any extant zombie processes.

withDisplay :: (Display -> X a) -> X aSource

Run a monad action with the current display settings

withWindowSet :: (WindowSet -> X a) -> X aSource

Run a monadic action with the current stack set

isRoot :: Window -> X BoolSource

True if the given window is the root window

runOnWorkspaces :: (WindowSpace -> X WindowSpace) -> X ()Source

This is basically a map function, running a function in the X monad on each workspace with the output of that function being the modified workspace.

getAtom :: String -> X AtomSource

Wrapper for the common case of atom internment

spawn :: MonadIO m => String -> m ()Source

spawn. Launch an external application. Specifically, it double-forks and runs the String you pass as a command to binsh.

spawnPID :: MonadIO m => String -> m ProcessIDSource

Like spawn, but returns the ProcessID of the launched application

getXMonadDir :: MonadIO m => m StringSource

Return the path to ~/.xmonad.

recompile :: MonadIO m => Bool -> m BoolSource

'recompile force', recompile ~/.xmonad/xmonad.hs when any of the following apply:

  • force is True
  • the xmonad executable does not exist
  • the xmonad executable is older than xmonad.hs

The -i flag is used to restrict recompilation to the xmonad.hs file only.

Compilation errors (if any) are logged to ~/.xmonad/xmonad.errors. If GHC indicates failure with a non-zero exit code, an xmessage displaying that file is spawned.

False is returned if there are compilation errors.

trace :: MonadIO m => String -> m ()Source

A trace for the X monad. Logs a string to stderr. The result may be found in your .xsession-errors file

whenJust :: Monad m => Maybe a -> (a -> m ()) -> m ()Source

Conditionally run an action, using a Maybe a to decide.

whenX :: X Bool -> X () -> X ()Source

Conditionally run an action, using a X event to decide

atom_WM_DELETE_WINDOW :: X AtomSource

Common non-predefined atoms