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The Stump Window Manager
Stumpwm is a window manager written entirely in Common Lisp. It
attempts to be highly customizable while relying entirely on the
keyboard for input. You will not find buttons, icons, title bars, tool
bars, or any of the other conventional GUI widgets.
These design decisions reflect the growing popularity of productive,
customizable lisp based systems.
Build & Start Stumpwm
* a common lisp distribution. clisp and SBCL both work.
* clx
* cl-ppcre
If you intend to use sbcl you need to install portable-clx. If you're
using clisp, make sure you use at least version 2.42 and that clisp is
compiled with new-clx. As of clisp 2.42, new-clx works fine with
stumpwm. Any version before that is too buggy to run stumpwm.
You can use asdf-install to install lisp libraries:
$ sbcl
* (require 'asdf)
* (require 'asdf-install)
* (asdf-install:install 'clx)
* (asdf-install:install 'cl-ppcre)
If using clisp, you'll need to install asdf first to use asdf-install.
$ mkdir -p ~/.cl/asdf && cd ~/.cl
$ wget*checkout*/cclan/asdf/asdf.lisp -O ~/.cl/asdf/asdf.lisp
$ echo "(load #p\"/home/USER/.cl/asdf/asdf\")" >> ~/.clisprc.lisp
$ mkdir -p ~/.cl/systems
$ echo "(push #p\"/home/USER/.cl/systems\" asdf:*central-registry*)" >> ~/.clisprc.lisp
$ wget
$ tar xf asdf-install_latest.tar.gz
$ ln -s ~/.cl/asdf-install/asdf-install/asdf-install.asd ~/.cl/systems/
$ clisp
* (asdf:operate 'asdf:compile-op 'asdf-install)
* (asdf:operate 'asdf:load-op 'asdf-install)
* (asdf-install:install :cl-ppcre)
Your operating system distribution may also have these libraries
Building stumpwm from CVS requires that you build the configure script:
$ autoconf
If there's already a configure script then just run it.
$ ./configure
By default stumpwm elects sbcl. If you have both installed, you can
explicitly select clisp like so:
$ ./configure --with-lisp=clisp
If your lisps are in strange places you may need to tell the script where to find them:
$ configure --with-sbcl=/home/sabetts/opt/bin/sbcl --with-clisp=/usr/local/downstairs/to/the/left/clisp
Now build it:
$ make
If all goes well, you should have a stumpwm binary now. Sorry there's
no install yet. Just copy the binary wherever you want or run it out
of the stumpwm/ directory.
Now that you have a binary, call it from your ~/.xinitrc file:
$ echo /path/to/stumpwm >> ~/.xinitrc
$ startx
Hopefully that will put you in X running stumpwm!
SBCL And Threads
SBCL compiled with threads causes problems with stumpwm. The most
common is sluggishness. It may also cause stumpwm to become
unresponsive. If you use SBCL, consider using a version built without
There's a texinfo manual, stumpwm.texi. the build scripts generate an
info file you can read in emacs or with the `info' program.
For other stuff visit the stumpwm wiki:
There's a #stumpwm channel on, too.
See for more information on
contacting stumpwm developers and users.