My general desktop environment configuration.

Parts prefixed with (OFF) are not used, but kept for historic purposes. For some reason GitHub’s org renderer ignores TODO status, hence such a prefix. Round brackets instead of square ones to prevent GitHub’s org renderer from screwing up.

Global customization


Most of the colors are from the Palenight theme. Colorcodes are taken from this repo:

color key value
black color0 #292d3e
red color1 #f07178
green color2 #c3e88d
yellow color3 #ffcb6b
blue color4 #82aaff
magenta color5 #c792ea
cyan color6 #89ddff
white color7 #d0d0d0
light-black color8 #434758
light-red color9 #ff8b92
light-green color10 #ddffa7
light-yellow color11 #ffe585
light-blue color12 #9cc4ff
light-magenta color13 #e1acff
light-cyan color14 #a3f7ff
light-white color15 #ffffff

The table above is the only source of truth for colors in this config.

The first way to get colors of it is to use the following noweb:

(let ((color (seq-some (lambda (e) (and (string= name (car e)) (nth 2 e))) table)))
  (if (> quote 0)
      (concat "\"" color "\"")

Also, run the following to disable configuration for noweb evaluations:

(setq-local org-confirm-babel-evaluate nil)


<<get-color(name="red", quote=1)>>


Colors in Xresources

However, I’d rather use the Xresources file wherever possible. Here is the code to generate an Xresources file from this table:

  (lambda (elem)
    (concat "*" (nth 1 elem) ": " (nth 2 elem) "\n"))
   (lambda (elem) (nth 1 elem))

*background: <<get-color(name="black")>>
*foreground: <<get-color(name="white")>>


Also, Xresources are used to set Xft settings. Unfortunately, the DPI setting has to be unique for each machine, which means I cannot commit Xresources to the repo.

(let ((hostname (system-name)))
  (cond ((string-equal hostname "azure") 120)
	((string-equal hostname "eminence") 120)
	((string-equal hostname "indigo") 120)
	(t 96)))
Xft.dpi: <<get-dpi()>>


A few programs I use to customize the apperance are listed below.

Guix dependency Description
matcha-theme My preferred GTK theme
papirus-icon-theme My preferred Icon theme
xsettingsd X11 settings daemon

xsettingsd is a lightweight daemon which configures X11 applications. It is launched with shepherd in the Services section.

Net/ThemeName "Matcha-dark-azul"
Net/IconThemeName "Papirus-Dark"
Gtk/DecorationLayout "menu:minimize,maximize,close"
Gtk/FontName "Sans 10"
Gtk/MonospaceFontName "JetBrainsMono Nerd Mono 12"
Gtk/CursorThemeName "Adwaita"
Xft/Antialias 1
Xft/Hinting 0
Xft/HintStyle "hintnone"

Device-specific settings

Guix dependency Description
xrandr X11 CLI to RandR
xgamma A tool to alter monitor’s gamma correction
xinput Configure input devices

Set screen layout & other params depending on hostname

if [ "$hostname" = "indigo" ]; then
    xrandr --output DisplayPort-0 --off --output HDMI-A-0 --mode 1920x1080 --pos 0x0 --rotate normal --output DVI-D-0 --mode 1920x1080 --pos 1920x0 --rotate normal
elif [ "$hostname" = "eminence" ]; then
    xgamma -gamma 1.25


Settings for Emacs X Window Manager, a tiling WM implemented in Emacs Lisp.



First things first, Emacs has to be launched as a window manager. On a more conventional system I’d create a .desktop file in some system folder that can be seen by a login manager, but in the case of Guix it’s a bit more complicated, because all such folders are not meant to be changed manually.

However, GDM, the login manager that seems to be the default on Guix, launches ~/.xsession on the startup if it’s present, which is just fine for my purposes.

# Source .profile
. ~/.profile

# Disable access control for the current user
xhost +SI:localuser:$USER

# Fix for Java applications

# Apply XResourses
xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources

# Turn off the system bell
xset -b

# Use i3lock as a screen locker
xss-lock -- i3lock &

# Some apps that have to be launched only once.
picom &
# nm-applet &
dunst &
copyq &

# Run the Emacs startup script as a session.
# exec dbus-launch --exit-with-session ~/.emacs.d/
exec dbus-launch --exit-with-session emacs -mm --debug-init -l ~/.emacs.d/desktop.el

Startup apps

Now that Emacs is launched, it is necessary to set up the EXWM-specific parts of config.

I want to launch some apps from EXWM instead of the Xsession file for two purposes:

As of now, these are polybar, feh and, shepherd:

(defun my/exwm-run-polybar ()
  (call-process "~/bin/"))

(defun my/exwm-set-wallpaper ()
  (call-process-shell-command "feh --bg-fill ~/Pictures/wallpaper.jpg"))

(defun my/exwm-run-shepherd ()
  (when (string-empty-p (shell-command-to-string "pgrep -u pavel shepherd"))
    (call-process "shepherd")))

Moving windows

My functions for managing windows. I initially wrote these to mimic the i3 behavior for my Emacs + i3 integration, but I want to try to keep them for the EXWM config as well to make the transition less painful.

A predicate which checks whether there is space in the given direction:

(defun my/exwm-direction-exists-p (dir)
  (cl-some (lambda (dir)
	  (let ((win (windmove-find-other-window dir)))
	    (and win (not (window-minibuffer-p win)))))
	(pcase dir
	  ('width '(left right))
	  ('height '(up down)))))

And a function to move windows with the following behavior:

(defun my/exwm-move-window (dir)
  (let ((other-window (windmove-find-other-window dir))
	(other-direction (my/exwm-direction-exists-p
			  (pcase dir
			    ('up 'width)
			    ('down 'width)
			    ('left 'height)
			    ('right 'height)))))
     ((and other-window (not (window-minibuffer-p other-window)))
      (window-swap-states (selected-window) other-window))
      (evil-move-window dir)))))

Resizing windows

Something like this also goes for resizing windows. I’m used to the i3 “mode” for this functionality, and this seems to be a sensible approach.

(setq my/exwm-resize-value 5)

(defun my/exwm-resize-window (dir kind &optional value)
  (unless value
    (setq value my/exwm-resize-value))
  (pcase kind
     (pcase dir
	(evil-window-decrease-width value))
	(evil-window-decrease-height value))))
     (pcase dir
	(evil-window-increase-width value))
	(evil-window-increase-height value))))))

(defhydra my/exwm-resize-hydra (:color pink :hint nil :foreign-keys run)
_l_: Increase width   _h_: Decrease width   _j_: Increase height   _k_: Decrease height

_=_: Balance          "
  ("h" (lambda () (interactive) (my/exwm-resize-window 'width 'shrink)))
  ("j" (lambda () (interactive) (my/exwm-resize-window 'height 'grow)))
  ("k" (lambda () (interactive) (my/exwm-resize-window 'height 'shrink)))
  ("l" (lambda () (interactive) (my/exwm-resize-window 'width 'grow)))
  ("=" balance-windows)
  ("q" nil "quit" :color blue))

App shortcuts

Also, a transient for shortcuts for the most frequent apps.

I wanted to make the interactive lambda a macro, but this doesn’t seem to work the way I expect, so the code has a bit of duplication.

(use-package transient
  :straight t)

(defun my/run-in-background (command)
  (let ((command-parts (split-string command "[ ]+")))
    (apply #'call-process `(,(car command-parts) nil 0 nil ,@(cdr command-parts)))))

(transient-define-prefix my/exwm-apps ()
   ("t" "Termnial (Alacritty)" (lambda () (interactive) (my/run-in-background "alacritty")))
   ("b" "Browser (Firefox)" (lambda () (interactive) (my/run-in-background "firefox")))
   ("v" "VK" (lambda () (interactive) (my/run-in-background "vk")))
   ("s" "Slack" (lambda () (interactive) (my/run-in-background "slack-wrapper")))
   ("d" "Discord" (lambda () (interactive) (my/run-in-background "flatpak run com.discordapp.Discord")))
   ("q" "Quit" transient-quit-one)])

Move workspace to another monitor

A function to move the current workspace to another monitor.

(defun my/exwm-workspace-switch-monitor ()
  (if (plist-get exwm-randr-workspace-monitor-plist exwm-workspace-current-index)
      (setq exwm-randr-workspace-monitor-plist
	    (map-delete exwm-randr-workspace-monitor-plist exwm-workspace-current-index))
    (setq exwm-randr-workspace-monitor-plist
	  (plist-put exwm-randr-workspace-monitor-plist

Switch to the opposite monitor

Store the information about which workspace is available on which monitor.

(setq my/exwm-monitor-workspace '())

(defun my/exwm-get-current-monitor ()
  (if (plist-get exwm-randr-workspace-monitor-plist exwm-workspace-current-index)
      1 0))

(defun my/exwm-update-current-monitor ()
  (setf (alist-get (my/exwm-get-current-monitor) my/exwm-monitor-workspace)

(add-hook 'exwm-workspace-switch-hook

Switch to the opposite monitor. For now, this works only for two monitors because I don’t have more.

(defun my/exwm-switch-to-other-monitor ()
  (let* ((current (my/exwm-get-current-monitor))
	 (other (seq-some
		 (lambda (m)
		   (and (not (= (car m) current)) (cdr m)))
	 (focus-follows-mouse nil)
	 (mouse-autoselect-window nil))
    (exwm-workspace-switch other)))

Switching buffers

A single perspective usually has only a handful of EXWM buffers, so here is a function to cycle them.

Those buffers that are visible in another window are highlighted blue and skipped. The current buffer is highlighted yellow.

(defun my/cycle-persp-exwm-buffers (dir)
  (let* ((current (current-buffer))
	 (ignore-rx (persp--make-ignore-buffer-rx))
	 (visible-buffers '())
	  (cl-loop for buf in (persp-current-buffers)
		   for is-another = (and (get-buffer-window buf) (not (eq current buf)))
		   if (and (buffer-live-p buf)
			   (eq 'exwm-mode (buffer-local-value 'major-mode buf))
			   (not (string-match-p ignore-rx (buffer-name buf))))
		   collect buf into all-buffers
		   and if (not is-another) collect buf into cycle-buffers
		   finally (return (list all-buffers cycle-buffers))))
	 (all-buffers (nth 0 exwm-data))
	 (cycle-buffers (nth 1 exwm-data))
	 (current-pos (or (cl-position current cycle-buffers) -1)))
    (if (seq-empty-p cycle-buffers)
	(message "No EXWM buffers to cycle!")
      (let* ((next-pos (% (+ current-pos (length cycle-buffers)
			     (if (eq dir 'forward) 1 -1))
			  (length cycle-buffers)))
	     (next-buffer (nth next-pos cycle-buffers)))
	(switch-to-buffer next-buffer)
	  (lambda (buf)
	    (let ((name (string-replace "EXWM :: " "" (buffer-name buf))))
	       ((eq (current-buffer) buf)
		 (propertize name 'face `(foreground-color . ,(doom-color 'yellow)))
	       ((not (member buf cycle-buffers))
		 (propertize name 'face `(foreground-color . ,(doom-color 'blue)))
	       (t (format " %s " name)))))
	  " "))))))

Add all EXWM buffers to current perspective

(defun my/add-exwm-buffers-to-current-perspective ()
  (let ((ignore-rx (persp--make-ignore-buffer-rx)))
    (cl-loop for buf in (buffer-list)
	     if (and (buffer-live-p buf)
		     (eq 'exwm-mode (buffer-local-value 'major-mode buf))
		     (not (string-match-p ignore-rx (buffer-name buf))))
	     do (persp-add-buffer (buffer-name buf)))))

Revive perspectives

Occasionally the current perspective gets screwed up after a popup. This function attempts to fix it.

(defun my/exwm-revive-perspectives ()
  "Make perspectives in the current frame not killed."
  (let ((to-switch nil))
     (lambda (_ v)
       (setf (persp-killed v) nil)
       (unless to-switch
	 (setq to-switch v)))
     (frame-parameter nil 'persp--hash))
    (when to-switch
      (persp-switch (persp-name to-switch)))))

Locking up

Run i3lock.

(defun my/exwm-lock ()
  (my/run-in-background "i3lock -f -i /home/pavel/Pictures/lock-wallpaper.png"))


Setting keybindings for EXWM. This actually has to be in the :config block of the use-package form, that is it has to be run after EXWM is loaded, so I use noweb to put this block in the correct place.

First, some prefixes for keybindings that are always passed to EXWM instead of the X application in line-mode:

(setq exwm-input-prefix-keys

Also other local keybindings, that are also available only in line-mode:

(defmacro my/app-command (command)
  `(lambda () (interactive) (my/run-in-background ,command)))

 :keymaps '(exwm-mode-map)
 "C-q" 'exwm-input-send-next-key
 "<print>" (my/app-command "flameshot gui")
 "M-x" 'counsel-M-x
 "M-SPC" (general-key "SPC"))

Simulation keys.

(setq exwm-input-simulation-keys `((,(kbd "M-w") . ,(kbd "C-w"))
				   (,(kbd "M-c") . ,(kbd "C-c"))))

And keybindings that are available in both char-mode and line-mode:

(setq exwm-input-global-keys
	;; Reset to line-mode
	(,(kbd "s-R") . exwm-reset)

	;; Switch windows
	(,(kbd "s-<left>"). windmove-left)
	(,(kbd "s-<right>") . windmove-right)
	(,(kbd "s-<up>") . windmove-up)
	(,(kbd "s-<down>") . windmove-down)

	(,(kbd "s-h"). windmove-left)
	(,(kbd "s-l") . windmove-right)
	(,(kbd "s-k") . windmove-up)
	(,(kbd "s-j") . windmove-down)

	;; Moving windows
	(,(kbd "s-H") . (lambda () (interactive) (my/exwm-move-window 'left)))
	(,(kbd "s-L") . (lambda () (interactive) (my/exwm-move-window 'right)))
	(,(kbd "s-K") . (lambda () (interactive) (my/exwm-move-window 'up)))
	(,(kbd "s-J") . (lambda () (interactive) (my/exwm-move-window 'down)))

	;; Fullscreen
	(,(kbd "s-f") . exwm-layout-toggle-fullscreen)

	;; Quit
	(,(kbd "s-Q") . evil-quit)

	;; Split windows
	(,(kbd "s-s") . evil-window-vsplit)
	(,(kbd "s-v") . evil-window-hsplit)

	;; Switch perspectives
	(,(kbd "s-,") . persp-prev)
	(,(kbd "s-.") . persp-next)

	;; Switch buffers
	(,(kbd "s-e") . persp-ivy-switch-buffer)

	;; Resize windows
	(,(kbd "s-r") . my/exwm-resize-hydra/body)

	;; Apps & stuff
	(,(kbd "s-p") . ,(my/app-command "rofi -modi drun,run -show drun"))
	(,(kbd "s-;") . my/exwm-apps)
	(,(kbd "s--") . ,(my/app-command "rofi-pass"))
	(,(kbd "s-=") . ,(my/app-command "rofimoji"))
	(,(kbd "s-i") . ,(my/app-command "copyq menu"))

	;; Basic controls
	(,(kbd "<XF86AudioRaiseVolume>") . ,(my/app-command "ponymix increase 5 --max-volume 150"))
	(,(kbd "<XF86AudioLowerVolume>") . ,(my/app-command "ponymix decrease 5 --max-volume 150"))
	(,(kbd "<XF86MonBrightnessUp>") . ,(my/app-command "light -A 5"))
	(,(kbd "<XF86MonBrightnessDown>") . ,(my/app-command "light -U 5"))
	(,(kbd "<XF86AudioMute>") . ,(my/app-command "ponymix toggle"))

	(,(kbd "<XF86AudioPlay>") . ,(my/app-command "mpc toggle"))
	(,(kbd "<XF86AudioPause>") . ,(my/app-command "mpc pause"))
	(,(kbd "<print>") . ,(my/app-command "flameshot gui"))

	;; Switch workspace
	(,(kbd "s-q") . my/exwm-switch-to-other-monitor)
	(,(kbd "s-w") . exwm-workspace-switch)
	(,(kbd "s-W") . exwm-workspace-move-window)
	(,(kbd "s-<tab>") . my/exwm-workspace-switch-monitor)

	;; Cycle EXWM windows in the current perspective
	(,(kbd "s-[") . (lambda () (interactive) (my/cycle-persp-exwm-buffers 'backward)))
	(,(kbd "s-]") . (lambda () (interactive) (my/cycle-persp-exwm-buffers 'forward)))
	(,(kbd "s-o") . ,(my/app-command "rofi -show window"))

	;; 's-N': Switch to certain workspace with Super (Win) plus a number key (0 - 9)
	,@(mapcar (lambda (i)
		    `(,(kbd (format "s-%d" i)) .
		      (lambda ()
			(exwm-workspace-switch-create ,i))))
		  (number-sequence 0 9))))


The GUI pinentry doesn’t work too well with EXWM because of issues with popup windows, so we will use the Emacs one.

(use-package pinentry
  :straight t
  :after (exwm)
  (setenv "GPG_AGENT_INFO" nil) ;; use emacs pinentry
  (setq auth-source-debug t)

  (setq epg-gpg-program "gpg2") ;; not necessary
  (require 'epa-file)
  (setq epa-pinentry-mode 'loopback)
  (setq epg-pinentry-mode 'loopback)
  (my/run-in-background "gpgconf --reload gpg-agent"))
default-cache-ttl 3600
max-cache-ttl 3600


Show current workspace in the modeline.

(defvar my/exwm-mode-line-info "")

(add-to-list 'mode-line-misc-info
	     '(:eval my/exwm-mode-line-info))

(defun my/exwm-mode-line-info-update ()
  (setq my/exwm-mode-line-info
	 (propertize (funcall exwm-workspace-index-map exwm-workspace-current-index)
		     `(foreground-color . ,(doom-color 'yellow)))
  (setq my/exwm-mode-line-info-no-props (funcall exwm-workspace-index-map exwm-workspace-current-index))

(add-hook 'exwm-workspace-switch-hook #'my/exwm-mode-line-info-update)

EXWM config

And the EXWM config itself.

(defun my/exwm-init ()
  (exwm-workspace-switch 1)

  ;; (with-eval-after-load 'perspective
  ;;   (my/exwm-setup-perspectives))

(defun my/exwm-update-class ()
  (exwm-workspace-rename-buffer (format "EXWM :: %s" exwm-class-name)))

(use-package exwm
  :straight t
  (setq exwm-workspace-number 5)
  (add-hook 'exwm-init-hook #'my/exwm-init)
  (add-hook 'exwm-update-class-hook #'my/exwm-update-class)

  (require 'exwm-randr)
  (start-process-shell-command "xrandr" nil "~/bin/scripts/screen-layout")
  (when (string= (system-name) "indigo")
    (setq my/exwm-another-monitor "DVI-D-0")
    (setq exwm-randr-workspace-monitor-plist `(2 ,my/exwm-another-monitor 3 ,my/exwm-another-monitor)))

  (setq exwm-workspace-warp-cursor t)
  (setq mouse-autoselect-window t)
  (setq focus-follows-mouse t)


  (set-frame-parameter (selected-frame) 'alpha '(90 . 90))
  (add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(alpha . (90 . 90)))



Guix dependency Disabled
i3lock true

i3lock is disabled because the global one has to be used.

i3wm is a manual tiling window manager, which is currently my window manager of choice. I’ve tried several alternatives, including xmonad & EXWM, but i3 seems to fit my workflow best.

i3-gaps is an i3 fork with a few features like window gaps. I like to enable inner gaps when there is at least one container in a workspace.


General settings

set $mod Mod4
font pango:monospace 10

# Use Mouse+$mod to drag floating windows to their wanted position
floating_modifier $mod

# Move cursor between monitors
mouse_warping output

# Apply XFCE Settings
# exec xfsettingsd
# exec xiccd

# Set screen layout
exec ~/bin/scripts/screen-layout

# Most needed keybindigs
# reload the configuration file
bindsym $mod+Shift+c reload

# restart i3 inplace (preserves your layout/session, can be used to upgrade i3)
bindsym $mod+Shift+r restart

# exit i3 (logs you out of your X session)
bindsym $mod+Shift+e exec "i3-nagbar -t warning -m 'You pressed the exit shortcut. Do you really want to exit i3? This will end your X session.' -b 'Yes, exit i3' 'i3-msg exit'"

Managing windows

Guix dependency

Some keybindings for managing windows.

emacs-i3-integration is a script to pass some command to Emacs to get a consistent set of keybindings in both i3 and Emacs. Check out the section in for details.

Kill focused windows

bindsym $mod+Shift+q exec emacs-i3-integration kill

Change focus

bindsym $mod+h exec emacs-i3-integration focus left
bindsym $mod+j exec emacs-i3-integration focus down
bindsym $mod+k exec emacs-i3-integration focus up
bindsym $mod+l exec emacs-i3-integration focus right

bindsym $mod+Left exec emacs-i3-integration focus left
bindsym $mod+Down exec emacs-i3-integration focus down
bindsym $mod+Up exec emacs-i3-integration focus up
bindsym $mod+Right exec emacs-i3-integration focus right

Move windows around

bindsym $mod+Shift+h exec emacs-i3-integration move left
bindsym $mod+Shift+j exec emacs-i3-integration move down
bindsym $mod+Shift+k exec emacs-i3-integration move up
bindsym $mod+Shift+l exec emacs-i3-integration move right

bindsym $mod+Shift+Left exec emacs-i3-integration move left
bindsym $mod+Shift+Down exec emacs-i3-integration move down
bindsym $mod+Shift+Up exec emacs-i3-integration move up
bindsym $mod+Shift+Right exec emacs-i3-integration move right

Split windows

bindsym $mod+s exec emacs-i3-integration split h
bindsym $mod+v exec emacs-i3-integration split v

Switch tabs

bindsym $mod+period exec i3-switch-tabs right
bindsym $mod+comma exec i3-switch-tabs left

Enter fullscreen mode

# enter fullscreen mode for the focused container
bindsym $mod+f fullscreen toggle
bindsym $mod+c fullscreen toggle global

Changing layout

bindsym $mod+w layout stacking
bindsym $mod+t layout tabbed
bindsym $mod+e exec emacs-i3-integration layout toggle split

Toggle tiling/floating, switch between tiled and floating windows

bindsym $mod+Shift+f floating toggle
bindsym $mod+z focus mode_toggle

Switching outputs

bindsym $mod+Tab move workspace to output right
bindsym $mod+q focus output right

Focus parent and child container

bindsym $mod+a focus parent
bindsym $mod+Shift+A focus child

Toggle sticky

bindsym $mod+i sticky toggle

Set windows as floating and sticky, move to the top right.

bindsym $mod+x floating enable; sticky enable; move position 1220 0; resize set width 700 px


set $w1 "1 🚀"
set $w2 "2 🌍"
set $w3 "3 💬"
set $w4 "4 🛠️️"
set $w7 "7 🛰️"
set $w8 "8 📝"
set $w9 "9 🎵"
set $w10 "10 📦"

bindsym $mod+1 workspace $w1
bindsym $mod+2 workspace $w2
bindsym $mod+3 workspace $w3
bindsym $mod+4 workspace $w4
bindsym $mod+5 workspace 5
bindsym $mod+6 workspace 6
bindsym $mod+7 workspace $w7
bindsym $mod+8 workspace $w8
bindsym $mod+9 workspace $w9
bindsym $mod+0 workspace $w10

# move focused container to workspace
bindsym $mod+Shift+1 move container to workspace $w1
bindsym $mod+Shift+2 move container to workspace $w2
bindsym $mod+Shift+3 move container to workspace $w3
bindsym $mod+Shift+4 move container to workspace $w4
bindsym $mod+Shift+5 move container to workspace 5
bindsym $mod+Shift+6 move container to workspace 6
bindsym $mod+Shift+7 move container to workspace $w7
bindsym $mod+Shift+8 move container to workspace $w8
bindsym $mod+Shift+9 move container to workspace $w9
bindsym $mod+Shift+0 move container to workspace $w10


Rules to automatically assign applications to workspaces and do other stuff, like enable floating.

Most apps can be distinguished by a WM class (you can get one with xprop), but in some cases it doesn’t work, e.g. for terminal applications. In that case rules can be based on a window title, for instance.

However, watch out for the following: rule such as for_window [title="ncmpcpp.*"] move to workspace $w9 will move any window with a title starting with ncmpcpp to workspace $w9. For instance, it moves your browser when you google “ncmpcpp”.

assign [class="Emacs"] $w1
assign [class="qutebrowser"] $w2
assign [class="firefox"] $w2
assign [class="VK"] $w3
assign [class="Slack"] $w3
assign [class="discord"] $w3
assign [class="TelegramDesktop"] $w3
assign [class="Postman"] $w4
assign [class="Chromium-browse"] $w4
assign [class="chromium"] $w4
assign [class="google-chrome"] $w4
assign [title="Vue Developer Tools"] $w4
assign [class="Google Play Music Desktop Player"] $w9
assign [class="jetbrains-datagrip"] $w4
assign [class="zoom"] $w7
assign [class="skype"] $w7
assign [class="Mailspring"] $w8
assign [class="Thunderbird"] $w8
assign [class="Joplin"] $w8
assign [class="keepassxc"] $w10

for_window [title="VirtScreen"] floating enable

for_window [title="ncmpcpp.*"] move to workspace $w9
for_window [title="newsboat.*"] move to workspace $w9
for_window [title=".*run_wego"] move to workspace $w9
for_window [class="cinnamon-settings*"] floating enable
for_window [title="Picture-in-Picture"] sticky enable
for_window [window_role="GtkFileChooserDialog"] resize set width 1000 px height 800 px
for_window [window_role="GtkFileChooserDialog"] move position center


Scratch terminal, inspired by this Luke Smith’s video.

Launch script

First of all, we have to distinguish a scratchpad terminal from a normal one. To do that, one can create st with a required classname.

Then, it would be cool not to duplicate scratchpads, so the following script first looks for a window with a created classname. If it exists, the script just toggles the scratchpad visibility. Otherwise, a new instance of a window is created.

COMMAND="alacritty --class $CLASSNAME -e tmux new-session -s $CLASSNAME"
pid=$(xdotool search --classname "dropdown_tmux")
if [[ ! -z $pid  ]]; then
    i3-msg scratchpad show
    setsid -f ${COMMAND}

i3 config

# Scratchpad
for_window [instance="dropdown_*"] floating enable
for_window [instance="dropdown_*"] move scratchpad
for_window [instance="dropdown_*"] sticky enable
for_window [instance="dropdown_*"] scratchpad show
for_window [instance="dropdown_*"] move position center

bindsym $mod+u exec ~/bin/scripts/dropdown

Gaps & borders

The main reason to use i3-gaps

# Borders
# for_window [class=".*"] border pixel 0
default_border pixel 3
hide_edge_borders both

# Gaps
set $default_inner 10
set $default_outer 0

gaps inner $default_inner
gaps outer $default_outer

smart_gaps on


mode "inner gaps" {
    bindsym plus gaps inner current plus 5
    bindsym minus gaps inner current minus 5
    bindsym Shift+plus gaps inner all plus 5
    bindsym Shift+minus gaps inner all minus 5
    bindsym 0 gaps inner current set 0
    bindsym Shift+0 gaps inner all set 0

    bindsym r gaps inner current set $default_inner
    bindsym Shift+r gaps inner all set $default_inner

    bindsym Return mode "default"
    bindsym Escape mode "default"

mode "outer gaps" {
    bindsym plus gaps outer current plus 5
    bindsym minus gaps outer current minus 5
    bindsym Shift+plus gaps outer all plus 5
    bindsym Shift+minus gaps outer all minus 5
    bindsym 0 gaps outer current set 0
    bindsym Shift+0 gaps outer all set 0

    bindsym r gaps outer current set $default_outer
    bindsym Shift+r gaps outer all set $default_outer

    bindsym Return mode "default"
    bindsym Escape mode "default"

bindsym $mod+g mode "inner gaps"
bindsym $mod+Shift+g mode "outer gaps"

Move & resize windows

Guix dependency

A more or less standard set of keybindings to move & resize floating windows. Just be careful to always make a way to return from these new modes, otherwise you’d end up in a rather precarious situation.

i3-balance-workspace is a small Python package to balance the i3 windows, but for the Emacs integration I also want this button to balance the Emacs windows, so here is a small script to do just that.

if [[ $(xdotool getactivewindow getwindowname) =~ ^emacs(:.*)?@.* ]]; then
    emacsclient -e "(balance-windows)" &
mode "resize" {

    bindsym h exec emacs-i3-integration resize shrink width 10 px or 10 ppt
    bindsym j exec emacs-i3-integration resize grow height 10 px or 10 ppt
    bindsym k exec emacs-i3-integration resize shrink height 10 px or 10 ppt
    bindsym l exec emacs-i3-integration resize grow width 10 px or 10 ppt

    bindsym Shift+h exec emacs-i3-integration resize shrink width 100 px or 100 ppt
    bindsym Shift+j exec emacs-i3-integration resize grow height 100 px or 100 ppt
    bindsym Shift+k exec emacs-i3-integration resize shrink height 100 px or 100 ppt
    bindsym Shift+l exec emacs-i3-integration resize grow width 100 px or 100 ppt

    # same bindings, but for the arrow keys
    bindsym Left  exec emacs-i3-integration resize shrink width 10 px or 10 ppt
    bindsym Down  exec emacs-i3-integration resize grow height 10 px or 10 ppt
    bindsym Up    exec emacs-i3-integration resize shrink height 10 px or 10 ppt
    bindsym Right exec emacs-i3-integration resize grow width 10 px or 10 ppt

    bindsym Shift+Left  exec emacs-i3-integration resize shrink width 100 px or 100 ppt
    bindsym Shift+Down  exec emacs-i3-integration resize grow height 100 px or 100 ppt
    bindsym Shift+Up    exec emacs-i3-integration resize shrink height 100 px or 100 ppt
    bindsym Shift+Right exec emacs-i3-integration resize grow width 100 px or 100 ppt

    bindsym equal exec i3-emacs-balance-windows

    # back to normal: Enter or Escape
    bindsym Return mode "default"
    bindsym Escape mode "default"

bindsym $mod+r mode "resize"

mode "move" {
    bindsym $mod+Tab focus right

    bindsym Left  move left
    bindsym Down  move down
    bindsym Up    move up
    bindsym Right move right

    bindsym h     move left
    bindsym j     move down
    bindsym k     move up
    bindsym l     move right

    # back to normal: Enter or Escape
    bindsym Return mode "default"
    bindsym Escape mode "default"

bindsym $mod+m mode "move" focus floating

OFF (OFF) Intergration with dmenu

dmenu is a dynamic menu program for X. I’ve opted out of using it in favour of rofi, but here is a relevant bit of config.

Scripts are located in the bin/scripts folder.

# dmenu
bindsym $mod+d exec i3-dmenu-desktop --dmenu="dmenu -l 10"
bindsym $mod+apostrophe mode "dmenu"

mode "dmenu" {
    bindsym d exec i3-dmenu-desktop --dmenu="dmenu -l 10"; mode default
    bindsym p exec dmenu_run -l 10; mode default
    bindsym m exec dmenu-man; mode default
    bindsym b exec dmenu-buku; mode default
    bindsym f exec dmenu-explore; mode default
    bindsym t exec dmenu-tmuxp; mode default
    bindsym Escape mode "default"

bindsym $mod+b exec --no-startup-id dmenu-buku

Integration with rofi

Keybindings to launch rofi. For more detail, look the Rofi section.

bindsym $mod+d exec "rofi -modi 'drun,run' -show drun"
bindsym $mod+b exec --no-startup-id rofi-buku-mine
bindsym $mod+minus exec rofi-pass
bindsym $mod+equal exec rofimoji

bindsym $mod+apostrophe mode "rofi"

mode "rofi" {
    bindsym d exec "rofi -modi 'drun,run' -show drun"
    bindsym m exec rofi-man; mode default
    bindsym b exec rofi-buku-mine; mode default
    bindsym k exec rofi-pass; mode default
    bindsym Escape mode "default"

Launching apps & misc keybindings

I prefer to use a separate mode to launch most of my apps, with some exceptions.


# Launch apps
# start a terminal at workspace 1
bindsym $mod+Return exec "i3-msg 'workspace 1 🚀; exec alacritty'"

bindsym $mod+p exec "copyq menu"
bindsym $mod+Shift+x exec "i3lock -f -i /home/pavel/Pictures/lock-wallpaper.png"

bindsym $mod+semicolon mode "apps"

mode "apps" {
    bindsym Escape mode "default"
    bindsym b exec firefox; mode default
    bindsym v exec vk; mode default
    bindsym s exec slack-wrapper; mode default;
    bindsym d exec "flatpak run com.discordapp.Discord"; mode default;
    bindsym m exec "alacritty -e ncmpcpp"; mode default
    bindsym c exec "copyq toggle"; mode default
    bindsym k exec "keepassxc"; mode default
    # bindsym e exec mailspring; mode default
    bindsym a exec emacs; mode default
    bindsym n exec "alacritty -e newsboat"; mode default
    bindsym w exec "alacritty /home/pavel/bin/scripts/run_wego"; mode default
    # bindsym a exec emacsclient -c; mode default
    # bindsym Shift+a exec emacs; mode default

Media controls & brightness

# Pulse Audio controls
bindsym XF86AudioRaiseVolume exec --no-startup-id "ponymix increase 5 --max-volume 150"
bindsym XF86AudioLowerVolume exec --no-startup-id "ponymix decrease 5 --max-volume 150"
bindsym XF86AudioMute exec --no-startup-id "ponymix toggle"

exec --no-startup-id xmodmap -e 'keycode 135 = Super_R' && xset -r 135
bindsym $mod+F2 exec --no-startup-id "ponymix increase 5"
bindsym $mod+F3 exec --no-startup-id "ponymix decrease 5"

# Media player controls
bindsym XF86AudioPlay exec mpc toggle
bindsym XF86AudioPause exec mpc pause
bindsym XF86AudioNext exec mpc next
bindsym XF86AudioPrev exec mpc prev

# Screen brightness
bindsym XF86MonBrightnessUp exec light -A 5
bindsym XF86MonBrightnessDown exec light -U 5


# Screenshots
bindsym --release Print exec "flameshot gui"
bindsym --release Shift+Print exec "xfce4-screenshooter"


Application of the XResources theme to the WM.

exec xrdb -merge $HOME/.Xresources

# Colors
set_from_resource $bg-color            background
set_from_resource $active-color        color4
set_from_resource $inactive-bg-color   color8
set_from_resource $text-color          foreground
set_from_resource $inactive-text-color color7
set_from_resource $urgent-bg-color     color1
set_from_resource $urgent-text-color   color0

# window colors
#                       border              background         text                 indicator       child border
client.focused          $active-color       $bg-color          $text-color          $bg-color       $active-color
client.unfocused        $bg-color           $inactive-bg-color $inactive-text-color $bg-color       $bg-color
client.focused_inactive $active-color       $inactive-bg-color $inactive-text-color $bg-color       $bg-color
client.urgent           $urgent-bg-color    $urgent-bg-color   $urgent-text-color   $bg-color       $urgent-bg-color

OFF (OFF) i3blocks

I’ve opted out of i3bar & i3blocks for polybar

bar {
    status_command i3blocks -c ~/.config/i3/i3blocks.conf
    i3bar_command i3bar
    font pango:monospace 12
    output HDMI-A-0
    tray_output none
    colors {
	background $bg-color
	separator #757575
	#                  border             background         text
	focused_workspace  $bg-color          $bg-color          $text-color
	inactive_workspace $inactive-bg-color $inactive-bg-color $inactive-text-color
	urgent_workspace   $urgent-bg-color   $urgent-bg-color   $urgent-text-color

bar {
    status_command i3blocks -c ~/.config/i3/i3blocks.conf
    i3bar_command i3bar
    font pango:monospace 10
    output DVI-D-0
    colors {
	background $bg-color
	separator #757575
	#                  border             background         text
	focused_workspace  $bg-color          $bg-color          $text-color
	inactive_workspace $inactive-bg-color $inactive-bg-color $inactive-text-color
	urgent_workspace   $urgent-bg-color   $urgent-bg-color   $urgent-text-color

Keyboard Layout

A script to set Russian-English keyboard layout:

setxkbmap -layout us,ru
setxkbmap -model pc105 -option 'grp:win_space_toggle' -option 'grp:alt_shift_toggle'

A script to toggle the layout

if setxkbmap -query | grep -q us,ru; then
    setxkbmap -layout us
    setxkbmap -option
    setxkbmap -layout us,ru
    setxkbmap -model pc105 -option 'grp:win_space_toggle' -option 'grp:alt_shift_toggle'

And the relevant i3 settings:

# Layout
exec_always --no-startup-id set_layout
bindsym $mod+slash exec toggle_layout


# Polybar
exec_always --no-startup-id "bash /home/pavel/bin/"

# Wallpaper
exec_always "feh --bg-fill ~/Pictures/wallpaper.jpg"

# Picom
exec picom

# Keynav
exec keynav

# Applets
exec --no-startup-id nm-applet
# exec --no-startup-id /usr/bin/blueman-applet

exec shepherd
exec dunst
exec copyq
exec "xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap"
# exec "xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources"
# exec "bash ~/bin/"


Category Guix dependency Description
desktop-polybar polybar statusbar

Polybar is a nice-looking, WM-agnostic statusbar program.

I switched to polybar because I wanted to try out some WMs other than i3, but decided to stick with i3 for now.

Don’t forget to install the Google Noto Color Emoji font. Guix package with all Noto fonts is way too large.


General settings


First, let’s use xrdb colors in polybar. To avoid code duplication, I generate them via noweb.

  (lambda (elem)
    (format "%s = ${xrdb:%s}" (nth 0 elem) (nth 1 elem)))
   (lambda (elem) (nth 1 elem))

background = ${xrdb:background}
; foreground = ${xrdb:foreground}


Also, let’s try to use some glyphs. The polybar-themes repository can give some inspiration on what is possible, here I am replicating a powerline-ish look.

Although polybar makes it a bit more awkward than it could’ve been. The approach is to put a glyph between two blocks like this:

block1  block2

And set the colors like that:

block1 glyph block 2
foreground F1 B2 F2
background B1 B1 B2

So, let’s define the glyph symbols:

gleft = 
gright = 


To make life a bit easier, I’ll define a single source of truth for modules and their colors here.

So, here is a table with all modules.

Index Module Color Glyph
1 pulseaudio light-magenta +
2 mpd magenta +
3 cpu cyan +
4 ram-memory light-green +
5 swap-memory green +
6 network light-red +
7 openvpn light-red
8 xkeyboard red +
9 battery green +
10 weather light-yellow +
12 sun yellow +
13 aw-afk light-blue +
14 date blue +

Some functions to use colors in the individual modules:

   (lambda (el) (string-equal (nth 1 el) module))


Also, I want to exclude some modules from certain monitors and machines. For now this concerns just the battery module, so I exclude it from the monitors of my desktop PC. In future I may need to rework this to include hostname, but as long as all my machines have separate monitor names, it works fine.

Monitor Exclude
DVI-D-0 battery
HDMI-A-0 battery

Now, we need to generate a set of glyphs. The code below generates all the required glyhps so that every combination of neighoring colors in the bar had one.

Color 1 Color 2
background white
background light-magenta
blue background

(let* ((monitors
	  (seq-map (lambda (el) (nth 0 el)))
	 (lambda (monitor)
	    (lambda (el) (nth 1 el))
	     (lambda (el) (and (string-equal (nth 0 el) monitor)
			       (nth 1 el)))
	 `(,@monitors "")))
	   (lambda (exclude)
		(lambda (elt)
		  (not (or
			(member (nth 1 elt) exclude)
			(not (string-equal (nth 3 elt) "+"))))))
	       ;; (seq-map (lambda (elt) (nth 1 elt)))
       (color-changes nil))
  (dolist (e extra)
     (concat (nth 0 e) "--" (nth 1 e))))
  (dolist (comb module-glyph-combinations)
    (dotimes (i (1- (length comb)))
       (concat (nth 2 (nth i comb))
	       (nth 2 (nth (1+ i) comb))))))
   (lambda (el)
     (let ((colors (split-string el "--")))
       (format "
type = custom/text
content-background = ${colors.%s}
content-foreground = ${colors.%s}
content = ${glyph.gright}
content-font = 5"
	       (nth 0 colors)
	       (nth 1 colors)
	       (nth 0 colors)
	       (nth 1 colors))))

And a set of modules interweaved with corresponding glyphs for each monitor:

(let* ((exclude-modules
	  (seq-filter (lambda (el) (string-equal (nth 0 el) monitor)))
	  (seq-map (lambda (el) (nth 1 el)))))
	  (seq-filter (lambda (el) (not (member (nth 1 el) exclude-modules))))))
       (prev-color first-color)
       (ret nil))
    (lambda (el)
	(when (string-equal (nth 3 el) "+")
	  (setq ret (format "glyph-%s--%s " prev-color (nth 2 el)))
	  (setq prev-color (nth 2 el))
	(nth 1 el))))
    " ")
   (unless (string-empty-p last-color) (format " glyph-%s--%s " prev-color last-color))))

Global bar config

Global bar configuration.

Monitor config and base colors.

monitor = ${env:MONITOR:}
width = 100%
height = ${env:HEIGHT:27}
fixed-center = false

background = ${colors.background}
foreground = ${}

Some geometry settings. These are set this way to make glyphs look the way they should

; line-size = 3
line-color = #f00

padding = 0

module-margin-left = 0
module-margin-right = 0
margin-bottom = 0
margin-top = 0

; underline-size = 0
border-size = 0

offset-x = 0
offset-y = 0
radius = 0.0


; font-0 = ${env:FONT0:pango:monospace:size=10;1}
; font-1 = ${env:FONT1:NotoEmoji:scale=10:antialias=false;0}
; font-2 = ${env:FONT2:fontawesome:pixelsize=10;1}
; font-3 = ${env:FONT3:JetBrains Mono Nerd Font:monospace:size=10;1}

font-0 = pango:monospace:size=13;2
font-1 = NotoEmoji:scale=10:antialias=false;1
font-2 = fontawesome:pixelsize=13;3
font-3 = JetBrains Mono Nerd Font:monospace:size=13;4
font-4 = JetBrains Mono Nerd Font:monospace:size=17;4

Modules. Because I sometimes set up different blocks on different monitors, they are set via environment variables.

; modules-left = i3
; modules-center = test
modules-right = ${env:RIGHT_BLOCKS}

tray-position = ${env:TRAY:right}
tray-padding = 0
tray-maxsize = 16
tray-background = ${colors.background}

wm-restack = i3
; override-redirect = true

scroll-up = i3wm-wsnext
scroll-down = i3wm-wsprev

; cursor-click = pointer
; cursor-scroll = ns-resize

Misc settings.

screenchange-reload = true
compositing-background = source
compositing-foreground = over
compositing-overline = over
compositing-underline = over
compositing-border = over

margin-top = 0
margin-bottom = 0

Launch script

The script below allows me to:

# Settings varying on the hostname
export WLAN_INTERFACE=$(nmcli -f DEVICE con show | grep -Ev "(.*docker.*|DEVICE|br.*|tun.*|veth.*|--)" | xargs)
if [ "$hostname" = "azure" ]; then
    # export WLAN_INTERFACE="wlp3s0"
elif [ "$hostname" = "eminence" ]; then
    # export WLAN_INTERFACE="wlo1"
    # export WLAN_INTERFACE="wlp35s0f3u2"

# Setting varying on the monitor
declare -A FONT_SIZES=(
declare -A EMOJI_SCALE=(
declare -A BAR_HEIGHT=(
declare -A BLOCKS=(

# Geolocation for some modules
export LOC="SPB"

# export IPSTACK_API_KEY=$(pass show My_Online/APIs/ipstack | head -n 1)

pkill polybar
for m in $(xrandr --query | grep " connected" | cut -d" " -f1); do
    export MONITOR=$m
    if [ "$MONITOR" = "$TRAY_MONITOR" ]; then
	export TRAY="right"
	export TRAY="none"
    if [[ -z "$SCALE" ]]; then
    # export FONT0="pango:monospace:size=$SIZE;1"
    # export FONT1="NotoEmoji:scale=$SCALE:antialias=false;1"
    # export FONT2="fontawesome:pixelsize=$SIZE;1"
    # export FONT3="JetBrains Mono Nerd Font:monospace:size=15;1"
    polybar mybar &

Individual modules

Some of the custom modules below use Org mode noweb to evaluate colors, because it’s faster than querying xrdb at runtime. I wish I could reference polybar values there, but it looks like this is impossible.

If you want to copy something, you can go to the bin/polybar folder.


PulseAudio status

type = internal/pulseaudio
use-ui-max = true

bar-volume-width = 7
; bar-volume-foreground-0 = ${colors.white}
; bar-volume-foreground-1 = ${colors.yellow}
; bar-volume-foreground-2 = ${colors.yellow}
; bar-volume-foreground-3 = ${}
; bar-volume-foreground-4 = ${}
; bar-volume-foreground-5 = ${}
; bar-volume-foreground-6 = ${}
bar-volume-gradient = false
bar-volume-indicator = |
bar-volume-indicator-font = 2
bar-volume-fill = 
bar-volume-fill-font = 2
bar-volume-empty = 
bar-volume-empty-font = 2
; bar-volume-empty-foreground = ${colors.light-white}

format-volume = ♪ <ramp-volume> <label-volume>
label-volume = %percentage%%

ramp-volume-0 = 
ramp-volume-1 = 
ramp-volume-2 = 
ramp-volume-3 = 
ramp-volume-4 = 
ramp-volume-5 = 
ramp-volume-6 = 
ramp-volume-7 = 

format-muted = ♪ <label-muted>
label-muted = MUTE

format-volume-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="pulseaudio")>>
format-muted-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="pulseaudio")>>

; format-volume-underline = ${colors.white}
; format-muted-underline = ${colors.light-black}


Music Player Daemon status

type = internal/mpd

format-playing = <toggle> <label-time> <label-song>
format-paused = <toggle> <label-time> <label-song>
format-stopped = " "
label-song = [%album-artist%] %title%
label-time = %elapsed%/%total%

label-song-maxlen = 30
label-song-ellipsis = true

; format-playing-underline = ${colors.yellow}
; format-paused-underline = ${colors.yellow}
; format-stopped-underline = ${colors.yellow}

format-playing-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="mpd")>>
format-paused-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="mpd")>>
format-stopped-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="mpd")>>

label-separator = 0
separator-foreground = ${}

icon-pause = 
icon-play = 
icon-stop = 
icon-prev = 1
icon-next = 2


CPU usage

type = internal/cpu
format = " <label>"
label = %percentage%%
format-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="cpu")>>


RAM usage

type = internal/memory
interval = 10

ramp-used-0 = 
ramp-used-1 = 
ramp-used-2 = 
ramp-used-3 = 
ramp-used-4 = 
ramp-used-5 = 
ramp-used-6 = 
ramp-used-7 = 

format =  <label>

; format-underline = ${}
format-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="ram-memory")>>


Swap usage

type = internal/memory
interval = 10

label= %gb_swap_used:.1f%
format-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="swap-memory")>>


Upload/download speed

type = internal/network
interval = 1

interface = ${env:WLAN_INTERFACE}

; format-connected = [<ramp-signal>] <label-connected>

label-connected = ↓ %downspeed% ↑ %upspeed%
label-disconnected = X

; format-connected-underline = ${}
; format-disconnected-underline = ${}
format-connected-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="network")>>
format-disconnected-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="network")>>

ramp-signal-0 = 0
ramp-signal-1 = 1
ramp-signal-2 = 2
ramp-signal-3 = 3
ramp-signal-4 = 4
ramp-signal-5 = 5


Category Guix dependency Description
desktop-polybar bind:utils Provides dig
desktop-polybar curl
desktop-polybar jq util to work with JSONs

A module to get a country of the current IP and openvpn status. Uses ipstack API.

ip=$(dig +short +timeout=1 2> /dev/null)
# API_KEY="$(pass show My_Online/APIs/ipstack | head -n 1)"
if [[ -z $ip || $ip == *"timed out"* ]]; then
    echo "%{u<<get-color(name="red")>>}%{+u} ?? %{u-}"
ip_info=$(curl -s${ip}?access_key=${API_KEY})
# emoji=$(echo $ip_info | jq -r '.location.country_flag_emoji')
code=$(echo $ip_info | jq -r '.country_code' 2> /dev/null)
vpn=$(pgrep -a openvpn$ | head -n 1 | awk '{print $NF }' | cut -d '.' -f 1)

if [[ -z $code ]]; then

if [ -n "$vpn" ]; then
    echo "%{u<<get-color(name="blue")>>}%{+u}  $code %{u-}"
    echo "%{u<<get-color(name="red")>>}%{+u}  $code %{u-}"
type = custom/script
exec = /home/pavel/bin/polybar/
interval = 1200


A module to check if openvpn is running.

vpn=$(pgrep -a openvpn$ | head -n 1 | awk '{print $NF }' | cut -d '.' -f 1)
if [ -n "$vpn" ]; then
    echo "  "
    echo "  "
type = custom/script
exec = /home/pavel/bin/polybar/
format-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="openvpn")>>
interval = 1200


Current keyboard layout

type = internal/xkeyboard
format = <label-layout>

; format-underline = ${colors.magenta}
format-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="xkeyboard")>>
label-layout = %icon%
layout-icon-0 = ru;RU
layout-icon-1 = us;US


type = internal/battery
battery = BAT0
adapter = ADP0

time-format = %H:%M
format-discharging = <ramp-capacity> <label-discharging>
format-discharging-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="battery")>>
format-charging-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="battery")>>
format-full-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="battery")>>
label-discharging = %percentage%% %time%
label-charging =  %percentage%% %time%

ramp-capacity-0 = 
ramp-capacity-1 = 
ramp-capacity-2 = 
ramp-capacity-3 = 
ramp-capacity-4 = 


Gets current weather from


bar_weather=$(curl -s${location}?format=${bar_format} || echo "??")
if [ -z "$bar_weather" ]; then
    exit 1
elif [[ "$bar_weather" == *"Unknown"* || "$bar_weather" == *"Sorry"* || "$bar_weather" == *"Bad Gateway"* ]]; then
    echo "??"
    exit 1
    echo ${bar_weather}
type = custom/script
exec = /home/pavel/bin/polybar/
; format-underline = ${}
format-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="weather")>>
interval = 1200


Category Guix dependency
desktop-polybar sunwait

Prints out the time of sunrise/sunset. Uses sunwait

declare -A LAT_DATA=(
declare -A LON_DATA=(
if [ -z "$LOC" ]; then
    echo "LOC?"
    exit -1

time=$(sunwait poll daylight rise ${LAT} $LON)

if [[ ${time} == 'DAY' ]]; then
    sunset=$(sunwait list daylight set ${LAT} ${LON})
    # echo "%{u<<get-color(name="yellow")>>}%{+u} $sunset %{u-}"
    echo $sunset
    sunrise=$(sunwait list daylight rise ${LAT} ${LON})
    # echo "%{u<<get-color(name="red")>>}%{+u} $sunrise %{u-}"
    echo $sunrise
type = custom/script
exec = /home/pavel/bin/polybar/
format-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="sun")>>
interval = 60


Prints out a current uptime and non-AFK time from ActivityWatch server

Category Guix dependency
desktop-polybar dateutils
afk_event=$(curl -s -X GET "http://localhost:5600/api/0/buckets/aw-watcher-afk_$(hostname)/events?limit=1" -H "accept: application/json")
status=$(echo ${afk_event} | jq -r '.[0].data.status')
afk_time=$(echo "${afk_event}" | jq -r '.[0].duration' | xargs -I !  date -u -d @! +"%H:%M")

uptime=$(uptime | awk '{ print substr($3, 0, length($3) - 1) }' | xargs -I ! date -d ! +"%H:%M")
res="${afk_time} / ${uptime}"
if [[ $status == 'afk' ]]; then
    # echo "%{u<<get-color(name="red")>>}%{+u} [AFK] $res %{u-}"
    echo "[AFK] $res"
    # echo "%{u<<get-color(name="blue")>>}%{+u} $res %{u-}"
    echo "$res"
type = custom/script
exec = /home/pavel/bin/polybar/
interval = 60
format-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="aw-afk")>>


Current date

type = internal/date
interval = 5

date =
date-alt = "%Y-%m-%d"

time = %H:%M
time-alt = %H:%M:%S

format-background = <<get-polybar-bg(module="date")>>
label = "%date% %time%"


Pomodoro module.

if ps -e | grep emacs >> /dev/null; then
    emacsclient --eval "(if (boundp 'pomm-current-mode-line-string) pomm-current-mode-line-string \"\") " | xargs echo -e
type = custom/script
exec = /home/pavel/bin/polybar/
interval = 1
format-underline = ${colors.light-green}


A simple separator

type = custom/text
content = "|"
content-foreground = ${colors.magenta}
content-padding = 0
content-margin = 0
interval = 100000


A separator, which appears only if monitor is set to have a tray in the launch script

if [ ! -z "$TRAY" ] && [ "$TRAY" != "none" ]; then
    echo "| "
type = custom/script
exec = /home/pavel/bin/polybar/
format-foreground = ${colors.magenta}
interval = 100000


Show i3wm workspaces

type = internal/i3
format = <label-state> <label-mode>
index-sort = true
wrapping-scroll = false

; Only show workspaces on the same output as the bar
pin-workspaces = true

label-mode-padding = 1
label-mode-foreground = #000
label-mode-background = ${}

; focused = Active workspace on focused monitor
label-focused = %
; label-focused-background = ${colors.background-alt}
label-focused-underline= ${}
label-focused-padding = 1

; unfocused = Inactive workspace on any monitor
label-unfocused = %
label-unfocused-padding = 1

; visible = Active workspace on unfocused monitor
label-visible = %
; label-visible-background = ${self.label-focused-background}
label-visible-underline = ${self.label-focused-underline}
label-visible-padding = ${self.label-focused-padding}

; urgent = Workspace with urgency hint set
label-urgent = %
label-urgent-background = ${}
label-urgent-foreground = ${}
label-urgent-padding = 1


Category Guix dependency
desktop-rofi rofi

rofi is another dynamic menu generator. It can act as dmenu replacement but offers a superset of dmenu’s features.


A theme, based on dracula theme for rofi, but with palenight colorscheme.

  (lambda (elem)
    (concat (nth 0 elem) ": " (nth 2 elem) ";\n"))
/* Generated from [[file:../../*Theme][Theme:1]] */
 * {

    foreground:                  @white;
    background:                  @black;
    background-color:            @black;
    separatorcolor:              @blue;
    border-color:                @blue;
    selected-normal-foreground:  @black;
    selected-normal-background:  @blue;
    selected-active-foreground:  @black;
    selected-active-background:  @blue;
    selected-urgent-foreground:  @foreground;
    selected-urgent-background:  @red;
    normal-foreground:           @foreground;
    normal-background:           @background;
    active-foreground:           @blue;
    active-background:           @background;
    urgent-foreground:           @red;
    urgent-background:           @background;
    alternate-normal-foreground: @foreground;
    alternate-normal-background: @light-black;
    alternate-active-foreground: @blue;
    alternate-active-background: @light-black;
    alternate-urgent-foreground: @red;
    alternate-urgent-background: @light-black;
    spacing:                     2;
window {
    background-color: @background;
    border:           1;
    padding:          5;
mainbox {
    border:           0;
    padding:          0;
message {
    border:           1px dash 0px 0px ;
    border-color:     @separatorcolor;
    padding:          1px ;
textbox {
    text-color:       @foreground;
listview {
    fixed-height:     0;
    border:           2px dash 0px 0px ;
    border-color:     @separatorcolor;
    spacing:          2px ;
    scrollbar:        true;
    padding:          2px 0px 0px ;
element {
    border:           0;
    padding:          1px ;
element normal.normal {
    background-color: @normal-background;
    text-color:       @normal-foreground;
element normal.urgent {
    background-color: @urgent-background;
    text-color:       @urgent-foreground;
element {
    background-color: @active-background;
    text-color:       @active-foreground;
element selected.normal {
    background-color: @selected-normal-background;
    text-color:       @selected-normal-foreground;
element selected.urgent {
    background-color: @selected-urgent-background;
    text-color:       @selected-urgent-foreground;
element {
    background-color: @selected-active-background;
    text-color:       @selected-active-foreground;
element alternate.normal {
    background-color: @alternate-normal-background;
    text-color:       @alternate-normal-foreground;
element alternate.urgent {
    background-color: @alternate-urgent-background;
    text-color:       @alternate-urgent-foreground;
element {
    background-color: @alternate-active-background;
    text-color:       @alternate-active-foreground;
scrollbar {
    width:            4px ;
    border:           0;
    handle-color:     @normal-foreground;
    handle-width:     8px ;
    padding:          0;
sidebar {
    border:           2px dash 0px 0px ;
    border-color:     @separatorcolor;
button {
    spacing:          0;
    text-color:       @normal-foreground;
button selected {
    background-color: @selected-normal-background;
    text-color:       @selected-normal-foreground;
inputbar {
    spacing:          0px;
    text-color:       @normal-foreground;
    padding:          1px ;
    children:         [ prompt,textbox-prompt-colon,entry,case-indicator ];
case-indicator {
    spacing:          0;
    text-color:       @normal-foreground;
entry {
    spacing:          0;
    text-color:       @normal-foreground;
prompt {
    spacing:          0;
    text-color:       @normal-foreground;
textbox-prompt-colon {
    expand:           false;
    str:              ":";
    margin:           0px 0.3000em 0.0000em 0.0000em ;
    text-color:       inherit;


Buku bookmarks

Inspired by the knatsakis/rofi-buku script.

if [ $(hostname) = 'pdsk' ]; then

# COMMAND="$BUKU -o %"
# COMMAND="qutebrowser $(buku -f 10 -p %)"
COMMAND="firefox %"
if [[ $1 == '-e' ]]; then
    COMMAND="$BUKU -w %"
$BUKU -f 4 -p | awk -F'\t' -v OFS='\t' '{
    split($4, tags, ",")
    joined = sep = ""
    for (i = 1; i in tags; i++) {
	joined = joined sep "[" tags[i] "]"
	sep = " "
    url = substr($2, 1, 40)
    if (length($2) > 40) {
	url = url "..."
    if ($1 != "waiting for input") {
	printf "%-5s %-60s %-45s %s\n", $1, $3, url, joined
}' | sort -k 2 | rofi -dmenu -matching normal -sort -sorting-method fzf -width 80 -l 20 | cut -d ' ' -f 1 | {
    read index;
    if [[ -z "$index" ]]; then
	exit 0
    url=$($BUKU -f 10 -p $index)
    echo ${url#"waiting for input"} | cut -d ' ' -f 1 | xargs -I % $COMMAND

Man pages

Inspired by this Luke Smith’s video.

A script to open a man page with zathura. There is no particular reason why one should look through man pages in pdf viewer rather than in console, but why not.

SELECTED=$(man -k . | rofi -dmenu -l 20 | awk '{print $1}')
if [[ ! -z $SELECTED ]]; then
    man -Tpdf $SELECTED | zathura -


Category Guix dependency
desktop-rofi python-rofimoji


Category Guix dependency
desktop-rofi rofi-pass
desktop-rofi xset

A nice pass frontend for Rofi, which is even packaged for Guix.

default_autotype='username :tab pass'


Guix dependency

flameshot is my program of choice to make screenshots.

As it overwrites its own config all the time, I do not keep the file in VC.




Guix dependency
Type Note
TODO Cleanup default config comments

dunst is a lightweight notification daemon.

My customizations of the original config consist mostly of changing colors.


    monitor = 0

    follow = mouse

    # The geometry of the window:
    #   [{width}]x{height}[+/-{x}+/-{y}]
    # The geometry of the message window.
    # The height is measured in number of notifications everything else
    # in pixels.  If the width is omitted but the height is given
    # ("-geometry x2"), the message window expands over the whole screen
    # (dmenu-like).  If width is 0, the window expands to the longest
    # message displayed.  A positive x is measured from the left, a
    # negative from the right side of the screen.  Y is measured from
    # the top and down respectively.
    # The width can be negative.  In this case the actual width is the
    # screen width minus the width defined in within the geometry option.
    geometry = "300x5-30+20"

    # Show how many messages are currently hidden (because of geometry).
    indicate_hidden = yes

    # Shrink window if its smaller than the width.  Will be ignored if
    # width is 0.
    shrink = no

    # The transparency of the window.  Range: [0; 100].
    # This option will only work if a compositing window manager is
    # present (e.g. xcompmgr, compiz, etc.).
    transparency = 15

    # The height of the entire notification.  If the height is smaller
    # than the font height and padding combined, it will be raised
    # to the font height and padding.
    notification_height = 0

    # Draw a line of "separator_height" pixel height between two
    # notifications.
    # Set to 0 to disable.
    separator_height = 2

    # Padding between text and separator.
    padding = 8

    # Horizontal padding.
    horizontal_padding = 8

    # Defines width in pixels of frame around the notification window.
    # Set to 0 to disable.
    frame_width = 1

    # Defines color of the frame around the notification window.
    frame_color = <<get-color(name="white", quote=1)>>

    # Define a color for the separator.
    # possible values are:
    #  * auto: dunst tries to find a color fitting to the background;
    #  * foreground: use the same color as the foreground;
    #  * frame: use the same color as the frame;
    #  * anything else will be interpreted as a X color.
    separator_color = frame

    # Sort messages by urgency.
    sort = yes

    # Don't remove messages, if the user is idle (no mouse or keyboard input)
    # for longer than idle_threshold seconds.
    # Set to 0 to disable.
    # A client can set the 'transient' hint to bypass this. See the rules
    # section for how to disable this if necessary
    idle_threshold = 120

    ### Text ###

    font = DejaVu Sans 9

    # The spacing between lines.  If the height is smaller than the
    # font height, it will get raised to the font height.
    line_height = 0

    # Possible values are:
    # full: Allow a small subset of html markup in notifications:
    #        <b>bold</b>
    #        <i>italic</i>
    #        <s>strikethrough</s>
    #        <u>underline</u>
    #        For a complete reference see
    #        <>.
    # strip: This setting is provided for compatibility with some broken
    #        clients that send markup even though it's not enabled on the
    #        server. Dunst will try to strip the markup but the parsing is
    #        simplistic so using this option outside of matching rules for
    #        specific applications *IS GREATLY DISCOURAGED*.
    # no:    Disable markup parsing, incoming notifications will be treated as
    #        plain text. Dunst will not advertise that it has the body-markup
    #        capability if this is set as a global setting.
    # It's important to note that markup inside the format option will be parsed
    # regardless of what this is set to.
    markup = full

    # The format of the message.  Possible variables are:
    #   %a  appname
    #   %s  summary
    #   %b  body
    #   %i  iconname (including its path)
    #   %I  iconname (without its path)
    #   %p  progress value if set ([  0%] to [100%]) or nothing
    #   %n  progress value if set without any extra characters
    #   %%  Literal %
    # Markup is allowed
    format = "<b>%s</b>\n%b"

    # Alignment of message text.
    # Possible values are "left", "center" and "right".
    alignment = left

    # Show age of message if message is older than show_age_threshold
    # seconds.
    # Set to -1 to disable.
    show_age_threshold = 60

    # Split notifications into multiple lines if they don't fit into
    # geometry.
    word_wrap = yes

    # When word_wrap is set to no, specify where to make an ellipsis in long lines.
    # Possible values are "start", "middle" and "end".
    ellipsize = middle

    # Ignore newlines '\n' in notifications.
    ignore_newline = no

    # Stack together notifications with the same content
    stack_duplicates = true

    # Hide the count of stacked notifications with the same content
    hide_duplicate_count = false

    # Display indicators for URLs (U) and actions (A).
    show_indicators = yes

    ### Icons ###

    # Align icons left/right/off
    icon_position = left

    # Scale larger icons down to this size, set to 0 to disable
    max_icon_size = 32

    # Paths to default icons.
    icon_path = /usr/share/icons/Mint-Y/status/32/;/usr/share/icons/Mint-Y/devices/32

    ### History ###

    # Should a notification popped up from history be sticky or timeout
    # as if it would normally do.
    sticky_history = yes

    # Maximum amount of notifications kept in history
    history_length = 20

    ### Misc/Advanced ###

    # dmenu path.
    dmenu = /usr/bin/dmenu -p dunst:

    # Browser for opening urls in context menu.
    browser = /usr/bin/sensible-browser

    # Always run rule-defined scripts, even if the notification is suppressed
    always_run_script = true

    # Define the title of the windows spawned by dunst
    title = Dunst

    # Define the class of the windows spawned by dunst
    class = Dunst

    # Print a notification on startup.
    # This is mainly for error detection, since dbus (re-)starts dunst
    # automatically after a crash.
    startup_notification = false

    # Manage dunst's desire for talking
    # Can be one of the following values:
    #  crit: Critical features. Dunst aborts
    #  warn: Only non-fatal warnings
    #  mesg: Important Messages
    #  info: all unimportant stuff
    # debug: all less than unimportant stuff
    verbosity = mesg

    # Define the corner radius of the notification window
    # in pixel size. If the radius is 0, you have no rounded
    # corners.
    # The radius will be automatically lowered if it exceeds half of the
    # notification height to avoid clipping text and/or icons.
    corner_radius = 0

    ### Legacy

    # Use the Xinerama extension instead of RandR for multi-monitor support.
    # This setting is provided for compatibility with older nVidia drivers that
    # do not support RandR and using it on systems that support RandR is highly
    # discouraged.
    # By enabling this setting dunst will not be able to detect when a monitor
    # is connected or disconnected which might break follow mode if the screen
    # layout changes.
    force_xinerama = false

    ### mouse

    # Defines action of mouse event
    # Possible values are:
    # * none: Don't do anything.
    # * do_action: If the notification has exactly one action, or one is marked as default,
    #              invoke it. If there are multiple and no default, open the context menu.
    # * close_current: Close current notification.
    # * close_all: Close all notifications.
    mouse_left_click = close_current
    mouse_middle_click = do_action
    mouse_right_click = close_all

# Experimental features that may or may not work correctly. Do not expect them
# to have a consistent behaviour across releases.
    # Calculate the dpi to use on a per-monitor basis.
    # If this setting is enabled the Xft.dpi value will be ignored and instead
    # dunst will attempt to calculate an appropriate dpi value for each monitor
    # using the resolution and physical size. This might be useful in setups
    # where there are multiple screens with very different dpi values.
    per_monitor_dpi = false


    # Shortcuts are specified as [modifier+][modifier+]...key
    # Available modifiers are "ctrl", "mod1" (the alt-key), "mod2",
    # "mod3" and "mod4" (windows-key).
    # Xev might be helpful to find names for keys.

    # Close notification.
    close = ctrl+space

    # Close all notifications.
    close_all = ctrl+shift+space

    # Redisplay last message(s).
    # On the US keyboard layout "grave" is normally above TAB and left
    # of "1". Make sure this key actually exists on your keyboard layout,
    # e.g. check output of 'xmodmap -pke'
    history = ctrl+grave

    # Context menu.
    context = ctrl+shift+period

    # IMPORTANT: colors have to be defined in quotation marks.
    # Otherwise the "#" and following would be interpreted as a comment.
    background = <<get-color(name="light-black", quote=1)>>
    frame_color = <<get-color(name="white", quote=1)>>
    foreground = <<get-color(name="light-white", quote=1)>>
    timeout = 10
    # Icon for notifications with low urgency, uncomment to enable
    #icon = /path/to/icon

    background = <<get-color(name="black", quote=1)>>
    frame_color = <<get-color(name="white", quote=1)>>
    foreground = <<get-color(name="light-white", quote=1)>>
    timeout = 10
    # Icon for notifications with normal urgency, uncomment to enable
    #icon = /path/to/icon

    background = <<get-color(name="red", quote=1)>>
    foreground = <<get-color(name="light-white", quote=1)>>
    frame_color = <<get-color(name="red", quote=1)>>
    timeout = 0
    # Icon for notifications with critical urgency, uncomment to enable
    #icon = /path/to/icon


Guix dependency
Type Note
SYMLINK ./config/keynavrc -> .keynavrc

How many times you have been working with keyboard-driven programs and had to use a mouse just to press some pesky little button in a modal window?

keynav is a program that allows you to control the mouse with the keyboard with the general idea of bisecting the screen to get to the required point. I’m still not sure if there is any point in using it, but it’s rather funny. Unfortunately, the colors seem to be hardcoded.

One of the usecases I found so far is to use the program to scroll webpages when tridactyl’s scroll captures the wrong scroll area.



# clear all previous keybindings

# Start & stop
ctrl+semicolon start
Super_L+bracketright start
Super_R+bracketright start
Escape end
ctrl+bracketleft end

# Macros
q record ~/.keynav_macros
shift+at playback

# Bisecting
a history-back
Left cut-left
Right cut-right
Down cut-down
Up cut-up
h cut-left
j cut-down
k cut-up
l cut-right
t windowzoom                          # Zoom to the current window
c cursorzoom 300 300                  # Limit the bisection area by 300x300

# Move the bisecting area
shift+h move-left
shift+j move-down
shift+k move-up
shift+l move-right
shift+Left move-left
shift+Right move-right
shift+Up move-up
shift+Down move-down

# Actions
space warp,click 3,end                # Right click
Return warp,click 1,end               # Left click
Shift+Return warp,doubleclick 1,end   # Double left click
semicolon warp,end                    # Move the cursor and exit
w warp                                # Just move the cursor
e end                                 # exit
u warp,click 4                        # scroll up
d warp,click 5                        # scroll down
1 click 1
2 click 2
3 click 3
4 click 4
5 click 5

Using with picom

I’ve noticed that the program does not play nice with picom’s fade effect. To fix that, add the following to you config:

fade-exclude = [
  "class_i = 'keynav'",
  "class_g = 'keynav'",


Guix dependency

picom is a compositor for X11. It allows effects such as transparency, blurring, etc.

Sample configuration is a good resource for getting an overview of the available settings. I have only a bunch of necessary settings in mine.

There are a bunch of forks for picom (e.g. ibhagwan/picom adds rounded corners) which seem to have some popularity, but I use the base one.



shadow = true;
shadow-radius = 2;
shadow-offset-x = -2;
shadow-offset-y = -2;

shadow-exclude = [
  "name = 'Notification'",
  "class_g = 'Conky'",
  "name ?= 'cpt_frame_window'",
  "class_g ?= 'Notify-osd'",
  "class_g = 'Cairo-clock'",


fading = true

fade-in-step = 0.03;
fade-out-step = 0.03;
fade-delta = 10

fade-exclude = [
  "class_i = 'keynav'",
  "class_g = 'keynav'",


I don’t use stuff like transparency for inactive windows.

The first 5 lines of opacity-rule make i3wm’s hidden windows 100% transparent, so I see the background behind the semi-transparent windows in i3wm’s stacked and tabbed layout. Here is StackExchange question about that.

I also noticed that for some reason it doesn’t play well with Emacs’s built-in transparency, so the last line sets up Emacs transparency at 90%.

inactive-opacity = 1;

frame-opacity = 1.0;
inactive-opacity-override = false;
focus-exclude = [ "class_g = 'Cairo-clock'" ];

opacity-rule = [
  "0:_NET_WM_STATE@[0]:32a = '_NET_WM_STATE_HIDDEN'",
  "0:_NET_WM_STATE@[1]:32a = '_NET_WM_STATE_HIDDEN'",
  "0:_NET_WM_STATE@[2]:32a = '_NET_WM_STATE_HIDDEN'",
  "0:_NET_WM_STATE@[3]:32a = '_NET_WM_STATE_HIDDEN'",
  "0:_NET_WM_STATE@[4]:32a = '_NET_WM_STATE_HIDDEN'",
  "90:class_g = 'Emacs'"

General settings

Default general settings. Editing some of these may be neeeded in case of performance issues.

backend = "xrender";
vsync = true
mark-wmwin-focused = true;
mark-ovredir-focused = true;
detect-rounded-corners = true;
detect-client-opacity = true;
refresh-rate = 0
detect-transient = true
detect-client-leader = true
use-damage = true
log-level = "warn";

  tooltip = { fade = true; shadow = true; opacity = 0.75; focus = true; full-shadow = false; };
  dock = { shadow = false; }
  dnd = { shadow = false; }
  popup_menu = { opacity = 1; }
  dropdown_menu = { opacity = 1; }


Category Guix dependency
office zathura
office zathura-ps
office zathura-pdf-mupdf
office zathura-djvu

Zathura is a pdf viewer with vim-like keybindings. One of my favorite features is an ability to invert the document colors.

set abort-clear-search false
set show-scrollbars true
set show-h-scrollbar true
set show-v-scrollbar true
set selection-clipboard clipboard
set recolor-lightcolor <<get-color(name="black", quote=1)>>
set recolor true
map <C-r> set recolor false
map <C-R> set recolor true

For some reason zathura doesn’t pick up the plugin directory, so I make a wrapper that sets the directory up:

zathura -p ~/.guix-extra-profiles/office/office/lib/zathura $@
[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/home/pavel/bin/zathura-wrapper %U

Add the following like to the mimeapps.list


Various software

This section generates manifests for various desktop software that I’m using.


Category Guix dependency
browsers ungoogled-chromium
browsers firefox

Office & Multimedia

Category Guix dependency
office libreoffice
office gimp
office krita
office ffmpeg
office kdenlive
office inkscape


Category Guix dependency
latex texlive
latex texlab-bin
latex biber
latex python-pygments
latex font-microsoft-web-core-fonts


Category Guix dependency
dev conda
dev docker-compose
dev postgresql
dev virt-manager
dev git-filter-repo
dev node
dev openjdk
dev go
dev gcc-toolchain
dev lua
dev libfaketime
dev hugo-extended
dev make
dev sbcl
dev git-lfs
dev mysql
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Desktop Misc


Desktop polybar


Desktop rofi



A lot of proprietary desktop applications can be installed most easily with flatpak & flathub.

Guix dependency

After installation, add the following repositories:

flatpak remote-add --user --if-not-exists flathub
flatpak remote-add --user --if-not-exists flathub-beta

Installation syntax is as follows:

flatpak install --user <remote> <package>

Packages to install:

Flatpak dependency Channel
com.github.wwmm.pulseeffects flathub
com.discordapp.Discord flathub
us.zoom.Zoom flathub
com.slack.Slack flathub
 (lambda (c) (concat "flatpak install -y --user " (nth 1 c) " " (nth 0 c)))


Type Description
TODO Make nix manifest?

I probably should’ve used nix, as almost every program I packaged so far exists in the Nix repo.

But it’s easy enough to use Nix on Guix. nixpkgs

Don’t forget to run the following after the first installation:

nix-channel --update

Installing packages:

nix-env -i vk-messenger slack


GNU Shepherd is a service management system for GNU Guix.

I previously used supervisor, but shepherd also seems pretty capable.


Category Guix dependency
music mpd
music ncmpcpp
music picard
music mpd-watcher
music mpd-mpc
music shntool
music cuetools
music flac

Music player daemon

(define mpd
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(mpd)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("mpd" "--no-daemon"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)))

MPD watcher

(define mpd-watcher
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(mpd-watcher)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("mpd_watcher"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)
    #:requires '(mpd)))

GNU Mcron

GNU Mcron is a replacement for cron, written in Scheme.

(define mcron
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(mcron)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("mcron"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)))


ActivityWatch is a FOSS time tracker. It tracks screen and application usage and has integrations with browsers, Emacs, etc.

Guix dependency


(define aw-server
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(aw-server)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("aw-server"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)))

aw-watcher-afk has some problems with statup, so there is a wrapper script

sleep 5


(define aw-watcher-afk
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(aw-watcher-afk)
    #:requires '(aw-server)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("/home/pavel/bin/scripts/aw-watcher-afk-wrapper"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)))


(define aw-watcher-window
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(aw-watcher-window)
    #:requires '(aw-server)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("aw-watcher-window"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)))


(define pulseeffects
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(pulseeffects)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("flatpak" "run" "com.github.wwmm.pulseeffects" "--gapplication-service"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)))


(define xsettingsd
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(xsettingsd)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("xsettingsd"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)))


(define nm-applet
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(nm-applet)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("nm-applet"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)))

Discord rich presence


(define discord-rich-presence
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(discord-rich-presence)
    #:one-shot? #t
    #:start (make-system-constructor "ln -sf {app/com.discordapp.Discord,$XDG_RUNTIME_DIR}/discord-ipc-0")))

Polkit Authentication agent

Launch an authentication agent. Necessary for stuff like pkexec. I suspect I’m not doing that the intended way, but it seems to work.

(define polkit-gnome
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(polkit-gnome)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("/home/pavel/.guix-extra-profiles/desktop-misc/desktop-misc/libexec/polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)))


(define xmodmap
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(xmodmap)
    #:one-shot? #t
    #:start (make-system-constructor "xmodmap /home/pavel/.Xmodmap")))


Run my OpenVPN setup. Not lauching this automatially, as it requires an active connection.

(define vpn
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(vpn)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("/home/pavel/bin/scripts/vpn-start"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)))


(define davmail
  (make <service>
    #:provides '(davmail)
    #:respawn? #t
    #:start (make-forkexec-constructor '("/home/pavel/bin/davmail"))
    #:stop (make-kill-destructor)))

Shepherd config

Register services


Daemonize shepherd

(action 'shepherd 'daemonize)

Run services

(for-each start '(mpd mpd-watcher mcron aw-server aw-watcher-afk aw-watcher-window pulseeffects xsettingsd discord-rich-presence polkit-gnome davmail xmodmap nm-applet))


Guix dependency

Guix settings

Other desktop programs I use are listed below.

Category Guix dependency Description
desktop-misc xprop Tool to display properties of X windows
desktop-misc arandr GUI to xrandr
desktop-misc light Control screen brightness
desktop-misc ponymix Control PulseAudio CLI
desktop-misc pavucontrol Control PulseAudio GUI
desktop-misc network-manager-applet Applet to manage network connections
desktop-misc xmodmap Program to modify keybindings on X server
desktop-misc fontconfig
desktop-misc polkit-gnome Polkit authentication agent
desktop-misc feh Image viewer. Used to set background
desktop-misc copyq Clipboard manager
desktop-misc thunar My preferred GUI file manager
desktop-misc telegram-desktop telegram client
desktop-misc xdg-utils gives xdg-open and stuff
desktop-misc gnome-font-viewer view fonts
desktop-misc qbittorrent torrent client
desktop-misc anydesk Remote desktop software
desktop-misc gnome-disk-utility Manage disks
desktop-misc gparted Manage partitions
desktop-misc xev Test input