I have been trying to get certain applications start on certain
pages, and I cannot seem to get this working. I am very well aware the basic syntax is
Style <name, class, visible name, or resource string of window> StartsOnPage n m
where “*” and “?” can be used in the usual Unix file wildcard meaning.
I want to use this for the following (admittedly kludgy) hack:
Style "*on page 2 2" StartsOnPage 2 2
(So that any window whose name ends thus will start on page 2 2. For
example, “Emacs on page 2 2”.)
The only with which I have got StartsOnPage working
so far, however, is the catch-all “*”. This applies whether I use it
in a config file or whether I type it into FvwmForm-Talk.
So first I thought I was having some problem with the window name, and
I in order to verify this with some other Style option, I typed this
Style "*on page 2 2" TitleAtRight
But this immediately moved the title bar of said window to the right, if
the window already existed. However, when I typed this BEFORE that
window was launched, the window launched with its title bar in the
usual place (at the top). Same effect with Sticky, for example:
It only changes windows which are already present.
Both options do not show this behaviour if they are specified after
Then, even windows created after this command have the TitleAtRight or
What does all this tell me? I tend to conclude:
There is no problem with the name, as Style options TitleAtRight and
Sticky, for example, are assigned to windows with the desired name
However, there does, on my system, seem to be a difference between
assigning a Style to “" and a Style to a more specific name, in
that only "” works for windows which are created later than the Style
command is issued. As I have Fvwm start without any windows, this seems to
mean that a Style command other than for “*” in the config files has
Of course, StartsOnPage can never be assigned to already existing
windows (because it only says where they start). But the behaviour
seems to be in line with what I have observed for TitleAtRight and
Sticky: Only “*” applies to windows which are created later.
I not only find this behaviour counter-inutitive, but I am next to
sure that it can’t be the Fvwm standard behaviour. (Not least, I do
have some more specific styles in my config, which do seem to work.)
Can anybody point out to me what could cause this behaviour?
Or is there a mistake in my logic? I have tried to figure this out for hours now; I would
not be surprised if my thinking was compromised.
Many, many thanks for any insights.