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 icewmhint - set IceWM hints by window class and instance




icewmhint is a simple utility for passing IceWM hints to icewm(1) by window class and instance. Unlike tools that use WMH or EWMH, such as icesh(1), wmctrl(1) and xdotool(1), icewmhint uses a special property, "_ICEWM_WINOPHINT", on the root window to pass special hints to icewm(1).


icesh recognizes the following options:


Command options are mutually exclusive. Only one command option can be specified per invocation. If no command option is specified, argument parsing and processing is performed.
-h, --help
Print a brief usage statement to stdout and exit.
-V, --version
Print the program version to stdout and exit.
-C, --copying
Print copying permissions to stdout for the program and exit.


icewmhint has not general options: all information is passed using non-option arguments.


The following arguments are required:
Specifies the ICCCM 2.0 WM_CLASS property in terms of resource name and resource class separated by a period ("."). For example: "XTerm.xterm". This argument must be specified for all commands affecting client windows.
Specifies the OPTION to affect and the VALUE that goes with the option. Options and their arguments are as follows:


General option arguments are normally associated with GNOME WinWM/WMH hints (except for the tray option argument).
icon NAME
Specifies the icon name for windows of CLASS.INSTANCE. NAME should be the name of the icon. icewm(1) will use is usual method to find the icon. The default is the name provided by window manager hints.
workspace WORKSPACE
Specifies the workspace on which a window of CLASS.INSTANCE will be initially placed. The default is to place the window on the current workspace. WORKSPACE should be a numeric workspace number (counting from 0).
geometry GEOMETRY
Specifies the initial geometry for windows of the given CLASS.INSTANCE. GEOMETRY must be a geometry that can be parsed by XParseGeometry(3). The default is the geometry provided by window manager hints.
layer {Desktop|Below|Normal|OnTop|Dock|AboveDock|Menu|NUMBER}
The layer is a similar concept to the layer specified by GNOME/WMH and implied by NetWM/EWMH. It is in this case however specific to icewm(1).

The command option specifies the layer to be associated with an CLASS.INSTANCE. The default is the "Normal" layer. VALUE is either a numeric layer NUMBER or a symbolic layer name. Symbolic layer names are one of the following:

    Desktop    (0)  desktop window layer.
    Below      (2)  below normal windows.
    Normal     (4)  default window layer.
    OnTop      (6)  above normal windows.
    Dock       (8)  docks (panels and edge displays).
    AboveDock (10)  above docks.
    Menu      (12)  above everything else.
tray {Ignore|Minimized|Exclusive|NUMBER}
Specifies the tray handling to be applied to windows with CLASS.INSTANCE. This option is specific to icewm(1) and sets the "_ICEWM_TRAY" property associated with the window. The default is "Ignore". VALUE can be a numerical option NUMBER or a symbolic name as follows:

    Ignore     (0)  only in task list.
    Minimized  (1)  icon in tray, task list unminimized.
    Exclusive  (2)  only in tray, not in task list.


Specifies which functions are disabled/enabled (0/1) for windows with CLASS.INSTANCE. All function options have a default value of enabled (1) unless overridden by the application. The Motif-like functions are as follows:

    fClose     can be closed:        (default: 1).
    fHide      can be hidden:        (default: 1).
    fMaximize  can be maximized:     (default: 1).
    fMinimize  can be minimized:     (default: 1).
    fMove      can be moved:         (default: 1).
    fResize    can be resized:       (default: 1).
    fRollup    can be shaded:        (default: 1).


Specifies which decorations are disabled/enabled (0/1) for windows with CLASS.INSTANCE. All decor options have a default value of enabled (1) unless overridden by the application. The Motif-like decorations are as follows:

    dBorder    has border:           (default: 1).
    dClose     has close button:     (default: 1).
    dDepth     has depth button:     (default: 1).
    dHide      has hide button:      (default: 1).
    dMaximize  has maximize button:  (default: 1).
    dMinimize  has minimize button:  (default: 1).
    dResize    has resize grips:     (default: 1).
    dRollup    has shade button:     (default: 1).
    dSysMenu   has window menu:      (default: 1).
    dTitleBar  has title bar:        (default: 1).


Specifies which advanced features to be enabled/disabled (1/0) for windows with CLASS.INSTANCE. All advanced features have a default value of disabled (0) unless overridden by the application. The advanced features are as follows:

    allWorkspaces             on all workspaces.
    appTakesFocus             let application take focus.
    doNotCover                limits workspace if sticky.
    doNotFocus                do not focus.
    forcedClose               no close dialog.
    fullKeys                  provided more keys.
    ignoreNoFocusHint         focus even no-input.
    ignorePositionHint        place automatically.
    ignoreQuickSwitch         not on quick switch.
    ignoreTaskBar             not on task bar.
    ignoreUrgentHint          ignore urgent hints.
    ignoreWinList             not on window list.
    noFocusOnAppRaise         no focus on raise.
    noFocusOnMap              do not focus when mapped.
    noIgnoreTaskBar           on task bar.
    nonICCCMconfigureRequest  more configure requests.
    startFullscreen           start full screen.
    startMaximized            start maximized.
    startMaximizedHorz        start maximized horizontal.
    startMaximizedVert        start maximized vertical.
    startMinimized            start minimized.


icewmhint had no known bugs at the time of release. Please report bugs for current versions to the source code repository at <>.


Brian Bidulock <>.

See --copying for full copyright notice and copying permissions.


IceWM is licensed under the GNU Library General Public License. See the COPYING file in the distribution or use the --copying flag to display copying permissions.
2018-10-31 icewm