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                    xmonad : a tiling window manager


    xmonad is a tiling window manager for X. Windows are arranged
    automatically to tile the screen without gaps or overlap, maximising
    screen use. Window manager features are accessible from the
    keyboard: a mouse is optional. xmonad is written, configured and
    extensible in Haskell. Custom layout algorithms, key bindings and
    other extensions may be written by the user in config files. Layouts
    are applied dynamically, and different layouts may be used on each
    workspace. Xinerama is fully supported, allowing windows to be tiled
    on several physical screens.

Quick start:

Obtain the dependent libraries, then build with:

        runhaskell Setup.lhs configure --user --prefix=$HOME
        runhaskell Setup.lhs build
        runhaskell Setup.lhs install --user

For the full story, read on.


 Building is quite straightforward, and requires a basic Haskell toolchain.
 On many systems xmonad is available as a binary package in your
 package system (e.g. on Debian or Gentoo). If at all possible, use this
 in preference to a source build, as the dependency resolution will be

 We'll now walk through the complete list of toolchain dependencies.

 * GHC: the Glasgow Haskell Compiler

    You first need a Haskell compiler. Your distribution's package
    system will have binaries of GHC (the Glasgow Haskell Compiler), the
    compiler we use, so install that first. If your operating system's
    package system doesn't provide a binary version of GHC, you can find
    them here:


    For example, in Debian you would install GHC with:

        apt-get install ghc6

    It shouldn't be necessary to compile GHC from source -- every common
    system has a pre-build binary version.

 * X11 libraries:

    Since you're building an X application, you'll need the C X11
    library headers. On many platforms, these come pre-installed. For
    others, such as Debian, you can get them from your package manager:

        apt-get install libx11-dev

    Typically you need: libXinerama libXext libX11

 * Cabal

    xmonad requires a recent version of Cabal, >= 1.2.0. If you're using
    GHC 6.8, then it comes bundled with the right version. If you're
    using GHC 6.6.x, you'll need to build and install Cabal from hackage


    You can check which version you have with the command:

        $ ghc-pkg list Cabal

 * Haskell libraries: mtl, unix, X11

    Finally, you need the Haskell libraries xmonad depends on. Since
    you've a working GHC installation now, most of these will be
    provided. To check whether you've got a package run 'ghc-pkg list
    some_package_name'. You will need the following packages:

    mtl   http://hackage.haskell.org/cgi-bin/hackage-scripts/package/mtl
    unix  http://hackage.haskell.org/cgi-bin/hackage-scripts/package/unix
    X11   http://hackage.haskell.org/cgi-bin/hackage-scripts/package/X11

 * Build xmonad:

    Once you've got all the dependencies in place (which should be
    straightforward), build xmonad:

        runhaskell Setup.lhs configure --user --prefix=$HOME
        runhaskell Setup.lhs build
        runhaskell Setup.lhs install --user

    And you're done!


Running xmonad:



    to the last line of your .xsession or .xinitrc file.



    See the CONFIG document



    There are many extensions to xmonad available in the XMonadContrib
    (xmc) library. Examples include an ion3-like tabbed layout, a
    prompt/program launcher, and various other useful modules.
    XMonadContrib is available at:

        latest release: http://hackage.haskell.org/cgi-bin/hackage-scripts/package/xmonad-contrib

        darcs version:  darcs get http://code.haskell.org/XMonadContrib


Other useful programs:

 A nicer xterm replacement, that supports resizing better:

    urxvt       http://software.schmorp.de/pkg/rxvt-unicode.html

 For custom status bars:

    dzen        http://gotmor.googlepages.com/dzen
    xmobar http://hackage.haskell.org/cgi-bin/hackage-scripts/package/xmobar

 For a program dispatch menu:

    dmenu       http://www.suckless.org/download/
    gmrun       (in your package system)


    Spencer Janssen
    Don Stewart
    Jason Creighton