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<2010-01-08> by Lorenzo Bolla

dwm restart

dwm is a wonderful window manager for X: it's small, fast and stable.

The only thing I missed, until today, was the possibility to restart it without losing my X session (i.e. all the open windows, etc.). Restarting dwm is something you might need to do often, as it does not have config files: changes are done by recompiling the sources.

The trick is to execute dwm in background and sleep forever! Take a look at the last two lines of my .xinitrc:

dwm & sleeper

where sleeper looks like this:

#!/bin/sh
while `/bin/true`; do
    sleep 1000
done

Now, if you kill dwm (usually with ALT-SHIFT-q) the windows (and X) will still be alive and you can type dwm& in any xterm to get dwm up and running again. If you really want to quit X, you need to kill the sleeper.