Just a Reminder That
Published 12 Jun 2018. Tags: computer-science, unix.
I was at a functional programming conference a few years back, watching a series
of lightning talks, and I happened to be sitting right behind the queue of
upcoming presenters. I’m pretty nosy, so I looked over their shoulders and
checked out their screens. Most of the speakers were using Macs, but several of
‘em were using the minimal window manager
The next presenter was one of these. As the current speaker solicited questions
and the time drew near for him to plug his laptop into the projector, I noticed
that he was browsing, with increasing panic, through the
xrandr man page. I
can feel no deeper sympathy.
I’ve been there, and that’s no fun. Which is why I was so delighted to learn
arandr! It’s a simple window-manager-independent drag-and-drop GUI
for positioning monitors.
Aside from being a great interface,
arandr also provides an export mechanism.
Once you’ve found a monitor configuration you like, you can export it into a
shell script (containing a well-crafted invocation of