dynamic virtual terminal manager
dvtm is a dynamic tiling window manager for the console.
As a console window manager it tries to make it easy to work with
multiple console based applications.
- Print version information to standard output and exit.
- Toggle default mouse grabbing upon startup. Use this to allow normal mouse
operation under X.
- Set command modifier at runtime.
- Set the delay ncurses waits before deciding if a character that might be
part of an escape sequence is actually part of an escape sequence.
- Set the scrollback history buffer size at runtime.
- Set a static terminal title and don't change it to
the one of the currently focused window.
- Open or create the named pipe status-fifo read its
content and display it in the statusbar. See the
dvtm-status(1) script for an usage example.
- Open or create the named pipe cmd-fifo and look
for commands to execute which were defined in
- command ...
- Execute command (s), each in a separate window.
Each keybinding begins with
Mod which defaults to
^g but can be changed in
config.h or with the
command line option.
- Create a new shell window.
- Create a new shell window using the current working directory of the
- Close focused window.
- Increases the master area width about 5% (all except grid and fullscreen
- Decreases the master area width about 5% (all except grid and fullscreen
- Increase number of windows displayed in the master area.
- Decrease number of windows displayed in the master area.
- Focus next window.
- Focus previous window.
- Focus window below.
- Focus window above.
- Focus window to the left.
- Focus window to the right.
- Focus the [0..9]-th window.
- Focus previously selected window.
- Toggle minimization of current window.
- Maximize current window (change to fullscreen layout).
- Scroll up.
- Scroll down.
- Toggle between defined layouts (affects all windows).
- Zooms/cycles current window to/from master area.
- Change to vertical stack tiling layout.
- Change to bottom stack tiling layout.
- Change to grid layout.
- Show/hide the status bar.
- Toggle position of the status bar between top and bottom.
- Redraw whole screen.
- Toggle keyboard multiplexing mode, if activated keypresses are sent to all
- Toggle dvtm mouse grabbing.
- Enter copy mode (see section below for further information).
- Enter copy mode and start searching forward (assumes a vi-like
- Paste last copied text from copy mode at current cursor position.
- Show this manual page.
- Send the Mod key.
- View all windows with n-th tag.
- View all windows with any tag.
- Toggles to the previously selected tags.
- Add/remove all windows with nth tag to/from the view.
- Apply nth tag to focused window.
- Add/remove nth tag to/from focused window.
- Quit dvtm.
By default dvtm captures mouse events to provide the actions listed below.
Unfortunately this interferes with the standard X copy and paste mechanism. To
work around this you need to hold down
selecting or pasting text. Alternatively you can disable mouse support at
compile time, start dvtm with the
-M flag or toggle
mouse support during runtime with
- Focus window.
- Focus window and toggle maximization.
- Zoom/cycle current window to/from master area.
- Toggle minimization of current window.
Copy mode gives easy access to past output by piping it to
dvtm-editor(1), opening an editor. What the editor writes
will be stored in an internal register and can be pasted into other clients
- Each process spawned by dvtm will have this variable set to the dvtm
version it is running under.
- Each process also has access to its constant and unique window id.
- If the -c command line argument was specified upon dvtm startup, this
variable will be set to the file name of the named pipe. Thus allowing the
process to send commands back to dvtm.
- By default dvtm uses its own terminfo file and therefore sets
TERM=dvtm within the client windows. This can be
overridden by setting the
variable to a valid terminal name before launching dvtm.
- When entering the copymode dvtm pipes the whole scroll back buffer to
dvtm-editor(1) which opens the content in
DVTM_EDITOR, with fallbacks to
vi(1) config.h is used
See the dvtm-status(1) script as an example of how to display
text in the status bar.
dvtm is customized by creating a custom
config.h and (re)compiling the source code. This keeps
it fast, secure and simple.