Ratpoison is a simple window manager with no large library dependencies, no fancy graphics, no window decorations, and no rodent dependence. It is largely modeled after GNU Screen, which has done wonders in the virtual terminal market. All interaction with the window manager is done through keystrokes. ratpoison has a prefix map to minimize the key clobbering that cripples EMACS and other quality pieces of software. All windows are maximized and kept maximized to avoid wasting precious screen space.
Re: Problems with various console apps
> I tried this wm based on a link to the
> freshmeat article. Fantastic concept,
> just what I wanted for an old IBM 560
> laptop that was to be enlisted to
> back-and-forth library duty (the old
> lappy you don't mind having stolen).
> Unfortunately, I have to give it poor
> marks. I was able to compile it to use
> aterm, xterm, and rxvt on different
> occasions. Each time console apps like
> "less" and "man"
> (essential one that latter, no?)
> displayed their pages only on half the
> screen real estate (800x600) and also
> presented various forms of buffer chaos.
> Having visited the #ratpoison irc chan
> on freenode, I was told that it was an
> "X bug" by a helpful chap who
> shall remain nameless. An X bug?
> He informed me that I should use an:
> "eval `resize`" -- and this
> indeed did solve the issue...only it was
> necessary to do that for each xterm.
> I would love to be able to use a wm like
> rp...seems like the most minimalistic
> around -- but unless it can handle
> ultra-common apps like "less"
> and "man," I must warn other
> lightweight wm seekers away.
The resize bug is not a bug in X but a race condition in Xterm. As far as I understand the same problem is present in Ion. Some users have noticed that it has disappeared with newer versions of XFree86.
If you experience this problem use the redisplay command in ratpoison which is bound to C-t l. This will force a resize event and the xterm with fix itself.
Re: ratpoison rocks
> % % now i can finally throw the bloody
> % thing
> % % away.
> % %
> % Totally, dude! This puts every WM
> % tried to total shame!
> yeah, very cool wm. but working with
> gimp in ratpoison is very uncomfortable
I've solved the problem. Now when you try to boot the gimp, ratpoison segfaults. It's the only clean solution.