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Add a "split none" command #3808

jbriales opened this issue Sep 30, 2019 · 2 comments


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@jbriales jbriales commented Sep 30, 2019

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Current Behavior

When doing a container split (by either split h or split v), there is no simple way afaict to make the container back to non-split.

Desired Behavior

Have an additional split command like split none or split no so that we can revert a container with a single window to be non-split again.


Output of i3 --moreversion 2>&-:

Binary i3 version:  4.16.1 (2019-01-27) © 2009 Michael Stapelberg and contributors
Running i3 version: 4.16.1 (2019-01-27) (pid 3293)abort…)
Loaded i3 config: /home/jesusbriales/.i3/config (Last modified: Mon 30 Sep 2019 01:10:15 PM IST, 465 seconds ago)

The i3 binary you just called: /usr/bin/i3
The i3 binary you are running: i3
- Linux Distribution & Version: Fedora 29
- Are you using a compositor (e.g., xcompmgr or compton): No
@i3bot i3bot added the enhancement label Sep 30, 2019

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@xzfc xzfc commented Oct 3, 2019

there is no simple way afaict to make the container back to non-split.

A workaround exists:,1

@Airblader Airblader added the 4.17 label Oct 6, 2019

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@Airblader Airblader commented Oct 6, 2019

I've seen this issue pop up a few times, so I think adding a command for this would be alright. However, note that we cannot change the split toggle behavior as that would probably break things for a lot of users (but we could do the same we did for layout toggle).

Also note that the restriction on it working only on a window which is the single child of its parent is important here and we should reject this command for other scenarios.

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