dvtm

dynamic virtual terminal manager - with my changes
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diff --git a/README.md b/README.md @@ -0,0 +1,304 @@ +# dvtm - dynamic virtual terminal manager + +[dvtm](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/) brings the concept +of tiling window management, popularized by X11-window managers like +[dwm](http://dwm.suckless.org) to the console. As a console window +manager it tries to make it easy to work with multiple console based +programs. + +![abduco+dvtm demo](https://raw.githubusercontent.com/martanne/dvtm/gh-pages/screencast.gif) + +## News + +- [dvtm-0.14](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.14.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dev/1502/25558.html) (19.02.2015) +- [dvtm-0.13](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.13.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dev/1411/24449.html) (15.11.2014) +- [dvtm-0.12](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.12.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dev/1407/22702.html) (05.07.2014) +- [dvtm-0.11](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.11.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dev/1403/20371.html) (08.03.2014) +- [dvtm-0.10](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.10.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dev/1312/18805.html) (28.12.2013) +- [dvtm-0.9](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.9.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dev/1304/15112.html) (3.04.2013) +- [dvtm-0.8](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.8.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dev/1208/12004.html) (1.08.2012) +- [dvtm-0.7](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.7.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dev/1109/9266.html) (4.09.2011) +- [dvtm-0.6](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.6.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dev/1010/6146.html) (8.10.2010) +- [dvtm-0.5.2](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.5.2.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dev/0907/0520.html) (7.07.2009) +- [dvtm-0.5.1](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.5.1.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dwm/0902/7405.html) (8.02.2009) +- [dvtm-0.5](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.5.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dwm/0901/7354.html) (26.01.2009) +- [dvtm-0.4.1](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.4.1.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dwm/0805/5672.html) (10.05.2008) +- [dvtm-0.4](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.4.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dwm/0802/4850.html) (17.02.2008) +- [dvtm-0.3](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.3.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dwm/0801/4735.html) (12.01.2008) +- [dvtm-0.2](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.2.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dwm/0712/4677.html) (29.12.2007) +- [dvtm-0.1](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.1.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dwm/0712/4632.html) (21.12.2007) +- [dvtm-0.01](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.01.tar.gz) + [released](http://lists.suckless.org/dwm/0712/4424.html) (08.12.2007) + +## Download + +Either Download the latest source tarball +[dvtm-0.14.tar.gz](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/dvtm-0.01.tar.gz) +with sha1sum + + 205a2165e70455309f7ed6a6f11b3072fb9b13c3 dvtm-0.14.tar.gz + +compile (you will need curses headers) and install it + + $EDITOR config.mk && $EDITOR config.def.h && make && sudo make install + +or use one of the distribution provided packages: + + * [Debian](http://packages.debian.org/dvtm) + * [Ubuntu](http://packages.ubuntu.com/dvtm) + * [Fedora](https://admin.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb/package/dvtm/) + * [openSUSE](http://software.opensuse.org/package/dvtm?search_term=dvtm) + * [ArchLinux](http://www.archlinux.org/packages/?q=dvtm) + * [Gentoo](http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-misc/dvtm) + * [Slackware](http://slackbuilds.org/result/?search=dvtm) + * [FreeBSD](http://www.freshports.org/sysutils/dvtm/) + * [NetBSD](http://www.pkgsrc.se/misc/dvtm/) + * [OpenBSD](http://openports.se/misc/dvtm) + * [Mac OS X](http://braumeister.org/formula/dvtm) via homebrew + +## Why dvtm? The philosophy behind + +dvtm strives to adhere to the +[Unix philosophy](http://www.catb.org/esr/writings/taoup/html/ch01s06.html). +It tries to do one thing, *dynamic* window management on the console, +and to do it well. + +As such dvtm does *not* implement [session management](#faq) but instead +delegates this task to a separate tool called +[abduco](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/abduco/). + +Similarly dvtm's copy mode is implemented by piping the scroll back buffer +content to an external editor and only storing whatever the editor writes +to `stdout`. Hence the selection process is delegated to the editor +where powerful features such as regular expression search are available. + +As a result dvtm's source code is relatively small +([~4000 lines of C](http://www.ohloh.net/p/dvtm/analyses/latest/languages_summary)), +simple and therefore easy to hack on. + + +## Quickstart + +All of dvtm keybindings start with a common modifier which from now +on is refered to as `MOD`. By default `MOD` is set to `CTRL+g` however +this can be changed at runttime with the `-m` command line option. +For example setting `MOD` to `CTRL-b` is accomplished by starting +`dvtm -m ^b`. + +### Windows + +New windows are created with `MOD+c` and closed with `MOD+x`. +To switch among the windows use `MOD+j` and `MOD+k` or `MOD+[1..9]` +where the digit corresponds to the window number which is displayed +in the title bar. Windows can be minimized and restored with `MOD+.`. +Input can be directed to all visible window by pressing `MOD+a`, +issuing the same key combination again restores normal behaviour +i.e. only the currently focused window will receive input. + +### Layouts + +Visible Windows are arranged by a layout. Each layout consists of a +master and a tile area. Typically the master area occupies the largest +part of the screen and is intended for the currently most important +window. The size of the master area can be shrunk with `MOD+h` +and enlarged with `MOD-l` respectively. Windows can be zoomed into +the master area with `MOD+Enter`. The number of windows in the +master area can be increased and decreased with `MOD+i` and `MOD+d`. + +By default dvtm comes with 4 different layouts which can be cycled +through via `MOD+Space` + + * vertical stack: master area on the left half, other clients + stacked on the right + * bottom stack: master area on the top half, other clients stacked below + * grid: every window gets an equally sized portion of the screen + * fullscreen: only the selected window is shown and occupies the + whole available display area `MOD+m` + +Further layouts are included in the source tarball but disabled by +default. + +### Tagging + +Each window has a non empty set of tags [1..n] associated with it. A view +consists of a number of tags. The current view includes all windows +which are tagged with the currently active tags. The following key +bindings are used to manipulate the tagsets. + +- `MOD-0` view all windows with any tag +- `Mod-v-Tab` toggles to the previously selected tags +- `MOD-v-[1..n]` view all windows with nth tag +- `Mod-V-[1..n]` add/remove all windows with nth tag to/from the view +- `Mod-t-[1..n]` apply nth tag to focused window +- `Mod-T-[1..n]` add/remove nth tag to/from focused window + +### Statusbar + +dvtm can be instructed to read and display status messages from a named +pipe. As an example the `dvtm-status` script is provided which shows the +current time. + + #!/bin/sh + + FIFO="/tmp/dvtm-status.$$" + + [ -p "$FIFO" ] || mkfifo -m 600 "$FIFO" || exit 1 + + while true; do + date +%H:%M + sleep 60 + done > "$FIFO" & + + STATUS_PID=$! + dvtm -s "$FIFO" "$@" 2> /dev/null + kill $STATUS_PID + wait $STATUS_PID 2> /dev/null + rm -f "$FIFO" + +### Copymode ### + +`MOD+e` pipes the whole scroll buffer content to an external editor. +What ever the editor writes to `stdout` is remembered by dvtm and can +later be pasted with `MOD+p`. + +In order for this to work the editor needs to be usable as a filter +and should use `stderr` for its user interface. Examples where this is +the case include [sandy](http://tools.suckless.org/sandy) and +[vis](http://github.com/martanne/vis). + + $ echo Hello World | vis - | cat + +## FAQ + +### Detach / reattach functionality + +dvtm doesn't have session support built in. Use +[abduco](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/abduco/) instead. + + $ abduco -c dvtm-session + +Detach using `CTRL-\`. An later reattach with + + $ abduco -a dvtm-session + +### Copy / Paste does not work under X + +If you have mouse support enabled, which is the case with the +default settings, you need to hold down shift while selecting +and inserting text. In case you don't like this behaviour either +run dvtm with the `-M` command line argument, disable it at run +time with `MOD+M` or modify `config.def.h` to disable it completely +at compile time. You will however no longer be able to perform +other mouse actions like selecting windows etc. + +### WARNING: terminal is not fully functional + +This means you haven't installed the `dvtm.info` terminfo description +which can be done with `tic -s dvtm.info`. If for some reason you +can't install new terminfo descriptions set the `DVTM_TERM` environment +variable to a known terminal when starting `dvtm` as in + + $ DVTM_TERM=rxvt dvtm + +This will instruct dvtm to use rxvt as `$TERM` value within its windows. + +### How to set the window title? + +The window title can be changed by means of a +[xterm extension](http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Xterm-Title-3.html#ss3.2) +terminal escape sequence + + $ echo -ne "\033]0;Your title here\007" + +So for example in `bash` if you want to display the current working +directory in the window title this can be accomplished by means of +the following section in your startup files. + + # If this is an xterm set the title to user@host:dir + case "$TERM" in + dvtm*|xterm*|rxvt*) + PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne "\033]0;${USER}@${HOSTNAME}: ${PWD/$HOME/~}\007"' + ;; + *) + ;; + esac + +Other shells provide similar functionality, zsh as an example has a +[precmd function](http://zsh.sourceforge.net/Doc/Release/Functions.html#Hook-Functions) +which can be used to achieve the same effect. + +### Something is wrong with the displayed colors + +Make sure you have set `$TERM` correctly for example if you want to +use 256 color profiles you probably have to append `-256color` to +your regular terminal name. Also due to limitations of ncurses by +default you can only use 255 color pairs simultaneously. If you +need more than 255 different color pairs at the same time, then you +have to rebuild ncurses with + + $ ./configure ... --enable-ext-colors + +Note that this changes the ABI and therefore sets SONAME of the +library to 6 (i.e. you have to link against `libncursesw.so.6`). + +### Some characters are displayed like garbage + +Make sure you compiled dvtm against a unicode aware curses library +(in case of ncurses this would be `libncursesw`). Also make sure +that your locale settings contain UTF-8. + +### The numeric keypad does not work with Putty + +Disable [application keypad mode](http://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/0.64/htmldoc/Chapter4.html#config-features-application) +in the Putty configuration under `Terminal => Features => Disable application keypad mode`. + +### Unicode characters do not work within Putty + +You have to tell Putty in which +[character encoding](http://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/0.64/htmldoc/Chapter4.html#config-translation) +the received data is. Set the dropdown box under `Window => Translation` +to UTF-8. In order to get proper line drawing characters you proabably +also want to set the TERM environment variable to `putty` or `putty-256color`. +If that still doesn't do the trick then try running dvtm with the +following ncurses related environment variable set `NCURSES_NO_UTF8_ACS=1`. + +## Development + +You can always fetch the current code base from the git repository. + + git clone https://github.com/martanne/dvtm.git + +or + + git clone git://repo.or.cz/dvtm.git + +If you have comments, suggestions, ideas, a bug report, a patch or something +else related to abduco then write to the +[suckless developer mailing list](http://suckless.org/community) +or contact me directly mat[at]brain-dump.org. + +[![Build Status](https://travis-ci.org/martanne/dvtm.svg?branch=master)](https://travis-ci.org/martanne/dvtm) +[![Coverity Scan Build Status](https://scan.coverity.com/projects/4256/badge.svg)](https://scan.coverity.com/projects/4256) + +## License + +dvtm reuses some code of dwm and is released under the same +[MIT/X11 license](https://raw.githubusercontent.com/martanne/dvtm/master/LICENSE). +The terminal emulation part is licensed under the ISC license.