Taviso wrote a nice little intro to FvwmButtons that can be found here. FvwmTaskBar is a task-bar that is quite similar to the one in Windows. There is. Functions can be called by FVWM though various parts of the config, I will just.

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These functions make a one button dock, that will ‘Hover’ the Icon above the dock when the mouse is moved over it.

For this guide we will just put everything into one config file. Next set up the ImagePath. The basic layout of FvwmButtons is a rectangle though as taviso mentioned you can configure them to be any shape. At this point you can go through fvwmm procedures in the Beginners’ Guide for attempting a trial run of Befinners using twm. Since the name ‘Feeble’ no longer applies to this window manager, many attempts at changing the name, or even creating urban legends about how the original meaning of the ‘F’ was lost have circulated around.

Next you need to set up the various options for the FvwmTaskBar Module. There is a start menu button you can bind any menu to, a place for quick launch buttons, a list of running tasks and finally have a clock at the far end. For example say you wanted to create a two icon dock with one icon above the other. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. This file is parsed by FVWM when it starts up or is restarted and fvwm uses the info in here to set up the look and feel of your desktop.

FVWM Beginners Guide – Global settings

You can also use environment variables to set up default programs that you prefer to use, for example. How these functions work is all you need to do is call the CreateDock function from your StartFunction or fvwm2rc file for each icon you want in your dock.


After you are done creating the basic config in this guide, I then have an appendix full of more advanced topics and configurations that you can play with to implement into your desktop. For example, for i video. I use environment variables mainly to tell fvwm where to look for various items used in the config.

Then just follow the instructions. Some of the configurations I present I will skim or skip over and expect you to use the man page to fill any any details I miss. If no option is sent to FvwmWindowShade it will shade an unshaded window and unshade a shaded window.

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Basic FVWM Installation in Arch Linux

My suggestion is to use the 2. With that being said, the intro here will only cover the basics of how to set up FvwmButtons. All times are GMT. The time now is What you would do is call the CreateDock function twice for both docks, and then use the geometry option to stack heginners two icons right next to each other. Then try it I would very much suggest not running X as root. The first fvsm to setup is the global settings, such as environment variables, and the basic set up of the desktop.

How this works is I create a transparent. FvwmButtons is even tolerant to errors in configuration, and can workaround bad or impossible definitions! This guide is to help you get familiar with how the syntax for configuring FVWM is used. FvwmTaskBar is a task-bar that is quite similar to tvwm one in Windows. I then ‘Swallow’ the window into my DockButtons. In the virtual console, log in and, as root sudo do: One can make about any type of ‘Dock’ or ‘Panel’ with it, plus they can all use Transparent colorsets.


Xosview is a collection of system monitors that can display a graphical bar to show the current status. All times are GMT Examples of such functions are.

Fvwm, the great Window-Manager – do it your way!

Lets put some comments at the top of the file as a starter. For instance lets assume that you would want to have 3 Virtual Desktops each with 9 pages in a 3×3 grid, you could set it up as follows.

The example I provide for this guide is quite basic just to show you the basic syntax. Then when I move my mouse over one of the Docks, it will replace the current icon with shadow.

I have not tested the configuration on the stable release, 2.

FVWM Beginners Guide

The main ones are to set up the colorset that the TaskBar uses, along with the font. With this I get four monitors, cpu, memory, disk and network. Reason being is this will actually make a new transparent FvwmButton that can hover above the current button and isn’t constrained to the original rvwm geometry. I believe in earnest for now that studying FVWM-documentation will be a profitable investment. Run it from your user login. It was the last desktop I used.

Gukde this works is by stating ‘EwmhBaseStructs left right top bottom’.

The following lines set up various options, all of which are explained in the FvwmTaskBar man page. Now consider the following list of basic functions. My attention is to have you work though this guide copying and pasting some parts, but also taking some steps in modifying what I have put there so you can get use to the syntax and add your own flavor to the config.