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icewm - lightweight X11 window manager


IceWM is lightweight X11 window manager. The goal of IceWM is to provide a small, fast
and familiar window manager for the X11 window system. Compatibility with the window
manager is desired and will be implemented where appropriate.

It was originally designed to emulate the look of Motif, OS/2 Warp 4, OS/2 Warp 3 and
Windows 95. Since it has a theming engine (hint: http://www.icewm.org/) others styles are
possible. It also tries to combine the feel of the above systems whenever it is

Generally, it tries to make all functions available both by keyboard and by mouse (this is
not currently possible when using mouse focus). Extreme configurability similar to fvwm
and many other window managers is NOT the goal. However IceWM configurability is very good
through its various preferences files.

IceWM consists of several parts:

icewm - the actual window manager binary. This is the one you need to get window

icewmbg - the background setting applications. It can assign plain background color or
images in different formats to the X background, shared or separated for different
workspaces. This program should be started before IceWM startup.

icewmtray - catches the Docklet objects installed by various applications like PSI.

icewm-session - runs all of the above when needed. Implements basic session management.

icesh - could be used to manage IceWM internals from command line.

icewmhint - used internally.

icesound - plays audio files on GUI events raised by IceWM.


For most of the parts use option

-h, --help
to see all of the options.


Directory to use for user private configuration files, "$HOME/.icewm/" by default.

Name of the X server to use, depends on Xlib by default. See X(1).

Location of your mailbox. If the schema is omitted the local "file" schema is

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