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A highly-configurable window manager based on the classic TWM window manager





CTWM is a highly-configurable window manager based on the classic TWM window manager. It supports xpms, multiple workspaces, advanced icon managment, animated icons and backgrounds, 3D titles and borders, etc. It offers rudimentary Gnome support and is backwards-compatible with TWM.

As you probably know, CTWM is a highly configurable window manager. Spending hours configuring CTWM is among the most fun one can have, if you ask me. But it's always nice to have something to start from. Thus, this section contains "themes" from CTWM.

Themes are a well-known concept with most window managers, but not really with CTWM. What I refer to as a theme in this section is the following: a .ctwmrc-file (of course), an .xinitrc-file (if needed to make the right impression) and the pixmaps one might need to get the right look. If you supply a theme for this site, you should also supply a screenshot in jpeg-or png-format.

(Instead of the rudimentary theme-system introduced below, you might want to use the "CTWM Themes System" by Reivax. Follow the link in the links-section.)

A good idea if you want to use many different themes on your computer is to make ctwm-themes a subdirectory of your $HOME and to put your themes in subdirectories according to their name. Put all relevant files in there. Example:

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drwxr-xr-x 2 dali 101 1024 Sep 6 09:05 .
drwxr-xr-x 4 dali 101 1024 Sep 6 07:49 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 dali 101 24747 Sep 6 09:01 .ctwmrc
-rwxr-xr-x 1 dali 101 1549 Sep 3 13:00 .xinitrc
-rw-r--r-- 1 dali 101 44972 Sep 6 09:05 blue4.xpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 dali 101 478 Sep 6 09:00 kill.xpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 dali 101 485 Sep 6 09:00 winmaximize.xpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 dali 101 485 Sep 6 09:00 winminimize.xpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 dali 101 475 Sep 6 09:00 x.xpm

Theme install script

To avoid having to move and link to the right .ctwmrc and .xinitrc every time you want to change theme, put this script in your path (suggested name ctwmtheme):

mv .ctwmrc .ctwmrc.old
mv .xinitrc .xinitrc.old
ln -s ctwm-themes/$1/.ctwmrc .
ln -s ctwm-themes/$1/.xinitrc .

The script takes a theme name as its only argument. Example:

# ctwmtheme win98

(this would make win98 become the theme next time I start ctwm.)
Last updated on January 31st, 2012

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