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Re: Metacity behaviour

On Wed, Feb 05, 2003 at 07:44:48PM -0500, Sean Middleditch wrote:
> On Wed, 2003-02-05 at 19:16, Mika Fischer wrote:
> > A few things confuse me though, most of all the behaviour of metacity,
> I thought this used to be configurable, but don't see how to
> change it now.  This is probably something that a good patch could fix,
> when I get around to it... ;-)

Part of Metacity's design goals was to cut down on the proliferation of
options found in most window managers.  No matter how many people you
please, there will always be some who want more options, and you end up
confusing everybody.  While patches to fix broken behavior are most
likely welcome, don't be surprised if patches to add extra options are

[Disclaimer:  I have no affiliation with Metacity.  I just read a lot of
mailing lists.  :)]

The other extreme in customization, as always, is to pull a full
programming language in (like emacs!).  Sawfish uses its own LISP
variant internally but has a nice GUI to customize most things,
including the two you mentioned:
 - the operations on the window buttons (right now, for "maximize
   button" on the window border, all three buttons are bound to
   "maximize window", but you could change any of them to any other
 - the method of placing windows (I'd guess the "first-fit" mode is what
   you want).

  --Evan, who is always puzzled by how Sawfish doesn't seem very popular...

      Evan Martin

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