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.if t .ds 85 8\(12
.if n .ds 85 8-1/2
.TH w9wm 1x
.SH NAME
w9wm \- \*(85-like Window Manager for X
.SH SYNOPSIS
.B w9wm
[
.B \-grey
] [
.B \-version
] [
.B \-font
.I fname
] [
.B \-nokeys
] [
.B \-nostalgia
] [
.B \-debug
] [
.B \-pass
] [
.B \-term
.I termprog
] [
.B \-virtuals
.I n
] [
.B exit | restart
]
.SH DESCRIPTION
.I w9wm
is a window manager for X which attempts to emulate the window management
policies of Plan 9's 
.I \*(85
window manager but adds some candy stuff like virtual screens and
keyboard shortcuts.
.PP
The
.B \-grey
option makes the background light grey, as does \*(85.
Use this option for maximum authenticity.
.B \-font
.I fname
sets the font in
.IR w9wm 's
menu to
.IR fname ,
overriding the default.
.B \-nokeys
option inhibits keyboard shortcups (Ctrl+Tab and Shift+Ctrl+Tab)
.B \-nostalgia
applies some useless modifications to w9wm look & feel (windows border
and cursor appearance)
.B \-debug
triggers debug mode
.B \-pass
uses click-to-focus-passes-through-click, which means that clicking on
a nonactive window with whatever mouse button activates it and follows
click to this window
.B \-term
.I termprog
specifies an alternative program to run when the
.I New
menu item is selected.
.B \-virtuals
.I n
set the number of virtual screens used
.B \-version
prints the current version on standard error, then exits.
.PP
To make 
.I w9wm
exit, you have to run
.B "w9wm exit"
on the command line.  There is no ``exit'' menu item.
.PP
.I w9wm
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
.IR w9wm .
To make another window the current one, click on it with button 1 or
type Ctrl+Tab (this shortcut is not ``stable'', which means that I
could change it in case it would eventually be annoying).  Unlike
other X window managers, w9wm implements `mouse focus': mouse events
are sent only to the current window.
.PP
A menu of window operations is available by pressing button 3
outside the current window.
The first of these,
.IR New ,
attempts to spawn a
.I 9term
process (or
.I xterm
if
.I 9term
is not available).
The new
.I 9term
will request that its outline be swept using button 3
of the mouse, by changing the cursor.
.RI ( xterm
defaults to a fixed size, and thus wants to be dragged; pressing
button 3 places it.)
.PP
The next four menu items are
.IR Reshape ,
.IR Move ,
.IR Delete ,
and
.IR 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
.IR Resize ,
the user is prompted to sweep out the new outline with button 3.
If it was
.IR 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.
.PP
If the
.I Delete
operation is selected, the window will be deleted when the button is released.
This typically kills the client that owns the window.
The
.I 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 managers.
.PP
A menu is provided to switch from a virtual screen to another.  This popup is triggered by using the button 2, which displays a menu looking like the previous one but with four entries, 
.IR One ,
.IR Two ,
.IR Three ,
and
.IR Four .
Selecting one of these entries will switch to another virtual screen.
.PP
There is also a menu to run programs using button 1.  Hold both
"shift" and "left ctrl" keys and press button 1.  w9wm will then
display a menu that allows you to exec programs specified in the 
.I $HOME/.w9wmrc
file.  Put each command in one line.  w9wm does not yet support args
for these commands, write a one-line shell script if you need this.q
.SH BUGS AND LIMITATIONS
Is not completely compatible with \*(85.
.PP
There is a currently a compiled-in limit of 32 hidden windows.
.PP
Also, you cannot put more than 32 commands in your
.IR .w9wmrc 
file
.SH "SEE ALSO"
.IR 9term (1),
.IR 9wm (1),
.IR 9menu (1),
.IR xterm (1).