sawfish man page

sawfish — Sawfish window manager.


Sawfish is a lisp-extensible window manager for X11. Its aim is to allow all areas of window management (decoration, manipulation) to be customized as far as is possible, yet still remain as fast as existing window managers.


Disable internationalization of messages.
Load the Lisp file FILE (from the cwd if possible, implies --batch).
Batch mode: process options and exit.
Interpreted mode: don't load compiled Lisp files.
-f, --call FUNCTION
Call Lisp function FUNCTION.
-l, --load FILE
Load the file of Lisp forms called FUNCTION.
Print version details.
Don't load rc or site-init files.
-q, --quit
Terminate the interpreter process.
Support keyboard layout switching, but drop mouse buttons 6 - 8 support.
Replace the running window manager with Sawfish.

Display Options

Connect to X display DPY.
Fork a copy of sawfish for each screen.
Preferred VISUAL type.
Preferred color DEPTH.

Customization Files Options

--custom-file FILE
Overrides the default custom file ~/.sawfish/custom.
--window-history-file FILE
Overrides the default window history file ~/.sawfish/window-history.
Do not load the rc file.

Session Management Options

--sm-client-id ID

--sm-prefix PREFIX

Debugging Option

Read src/display.c. Don't use it unless you're sure.

See Also

Sawfish is documented fully by John Harper available via the Info system.


This manual page was written by Christian Marillat marillat@debian.org for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).