2010 05 22: sawfish 1.6.3 released

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Hi folks,

sawfish 1.6.3 "Hava Nagila" is now officially available!

Compilation fix Edit

Compilation error fix: Not always, but compilation of Sawfish-1.6.3 fails. To fix it, apply this patch:

diff --git a/lisp/sawfish/wm/util/prompt.jl b/lisp/sawfish/wm/util/prompt.jl
index 96906f5..db436fd 100644
--- a/lisp/sawfish/wm/util/prompt.jl
+++ b/lisp/sawfish/wm/util/prompt.jl
@@ -57,7 +57,8 @@
-	  sawfish.wm.fonts)
+	  sawfish.wm.fonts
+	  sawfish.wm.util.prompt)
   (defgroup messages "Messages" :group misc)

Our maintainer is gone for a while, so we can't release a fixed version. Sorry for inconvenience. (We're human! :) I think we can release the 1.6.4 by the end of June. - Teika kazura 04:21, May 29, 2010 (UTC)


Tar/BZ2: 3,55 MB

Tar/XZ : 2,37 MB

What's New?Edit

1.6.3 "Hava Nagila"

   * Bugfixes
        - In tabbed-windows the left/right end is no longer outside the
          window, if that is too small [Fuchur]

        - Unsupported option `ignore-window-input-hint' is deleted
          which has been invalid for long. [Teika kazura]

        - Honor the user option `maximize-raises' in
          `maximize-window-fullscreen' and
          `maximize-window-fullxinerama', too, not just in
          maximize-window [Nolan Leake]

        - More robustness in applications menu [Teika Kazura, Matthew

          Before it broke for 'R' (statistics software), and whitespace
          handling didn't follow the specification.

          Some *.desktop files are not ignored any more either, i.e.,
          leading empty lines and comments are allowed.

        - Allow compilation with -DDEBUG flag passed [Alexey I. Froloff]

   * New Features
        - XRandR events (eg resolution changes) call the new hook
          `randr-changed-notify-hook' [Daniel M. German]
          See *Note RandR and Xinerama::.

        - Tabbed windowing system improvements [Fuchur]
             + Support for transient tab-frames

             + New frame classes:
                  x tab-s (side tab)

                  x tab-ls (side tab, left/bottom end)

                  x tab-rs (side tab, right/top end)

             + Tabgroups now support a set of new properties and
               actions: `type', `set-frame-style', `fixed-position',
               `iconify'. In addition, new tabs gain those properties
               from their parent window.

        - New command `display-window-position' [Teika kazura]

          User chooses a window by cursor and click, and it prints its
          position and size in a popup. Also available as a function,
          defined in `sawfish.wm.util.display-wininfo'.

        - New function `window-pid' [Teika kazura]

          It returns the process ID of a window. (*note Window

        - Window instance name is now accessible [Teika kazura]

          Technically, the window class consists of "instance" and
          "class", but only the latter was returned previously by the
          function `window-class'. Now with the new optional argument,
          the instance is returned too. (*note Window Attributes::)

        - Customizable lisp directory [Teika kazura]

          User can add lisp directories to be read with the
          environmental variable `SAWFISH_USER_LISP_DIR'. Its value is
          directories separated by colon, like `PATH', and prepended to
          `load-path'. If not set, `~/.sawfish/lisp' is assumed.  For
          example, if you define a module `sawfish.wm.super-hack', then
          it can be read from

          User can override system lisp files, too. For example, if
          there is `~/.sawfish/lisp/sawfish/wm/windows.jl', then it
          defines `', instead of the installed one.
          (But this can easily break your Sawfish startup.) In fact, it
          was possible for some lisp files, but now it's guaranteed for
          all files.

   * Other Changes
        - Info improvements [Teika kazura]
             + "Windows" chapter is partly revised. Function
               `display-window' is documented. Difference between
               `window-wants-input-p' and `window-really-wants-input-p'
               is described. Short description on the root window.

             + In past few versions we made more changes which were not
               described in the news, including clarification in
               viewport, workspace and event, and window matching lisp

             + Added a faq item on multi-head and workspace.

             + Edition number and the date of last change are dropped
               from the info.  We now edit the info often, so they are
               not so much meaningful.

        - Pressing the lock-button does the state-change of the window
          accordingly. [Fuchur]
          No theme shipped with Sawfish does have the lock-button yet,

        - Make xinerama an optional dependency [original patch from

Have Fun!

Flashrider [Christopher Bratusek] 15:03, May 22, 2010 (UTC)

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