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Despot Jul 27, 2013 @ 10:31am
My working multiscreen Xmonad configuration
Hi all,

Finally got Source engine games (Portal, TF2) running in my multimonitor Xmonad environment, and I thought I'd share my configuration in the hopes that it'd save someone else the time it's taken me to get a working setup.

Distro: Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail)
Video cards: dual Nvidia GTX 560 Ti, with SLI bridge (no SLI enabled in Linux)
Video drivers: nvidia-current (304.88-0ubuntu1)

Xorg.conf

Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "Layout0" Screen 0 "Screen1" 0 0 Screen 1 "Screen2" LeftOf "Screen1" Screen 2 "Screen3" LeftOf "Screen2" Screen 3 "Screen4" LeftOf "Screen3" Option "Xinerama" "1" EndSection Section "Files" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Monitor1" VendorName "Samsung" HorizSync 30.0 - 81.0 VertRefresh 56.0 - 60.0 EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Monitor2" VendorName "Unknown" ModelName "Samsung SyncMaster" HorizSync 30.0 - 81.0 VertRefresh 56.0 - 75.0 EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Monitor3" VendorName "Unknown" ModelName "Samsung SyncMaster" HorizSync 30.0 - 81.0 VertRefresh 56.0 - 60.0 Option "DPMS" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Monitor4" VendorName "Unknown" ModelName "WestingHouse" HorizSync 30.0 - 81.0 VertRefresh 56.0 - 60.0 Option "DPMS" EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "Device1" Driver "nvidia" VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation" BusID "PCI:1:0:0" Screen 0 EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "Device2" Driver "nvidia" VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation" BusID "PCI:1:0:0" Screen 1 EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "Device3" Driver "nvidia" VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation" BusID "PCI:2:0:0" Screen 0 EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "Device4" Driver "nvidia" VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation" BusID "PCI:2:0:0" Screen 1 EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen1" Device "Device1" Monitor "Monitor1" DefaultDepth 24 EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen2" Device "Device2" Monitor "Monitor2" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Depth 24 EndSubSection EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen3" Device "Device3" Monitor "Monitor3" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Depth 24 EndSubSection EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen4" Device "Device4" Monitor "Monitor4" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Depth 24 EndSubSection EndSection

xmonad.hs (display on the screen two)

import XMonad import XMonad.Config.Gnome import XMonad.Util.EZConfig import XMonad.Hooks.ManageHelpers import XMonad.Hooks.ManageDocks import XMonad.Layout.NoBorders myWorkspaces = ["one" , "two" , "three" , "four" ] myManageHook = composeAll [ className =? "hl2_linux" --> doFullFloat , className =? "hl2_linux" --> doShift "two" , manageDocks ] main = do xmonad $ gnomeConfig { layoutHook = smartBorders $ layoutHook gnomeConfig , workspaces = myWorkspaces , manageHook = myManageHook <+> manageHook defaultConfig }

This configuration makes windows of the classname "hl2_linux" fullscreen and shifts them to workspace "two". The smartBorders addition to the layoutHook removes the border for the fullscreen windows.

Initial Game Configuration:

For initial configuration, I had to launch the game in a Gnome Fallback session ("sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback") and specify the screen number (in my case, screen 1...the screen numbers use zero-based indices). Doing the screen configuration in an Xmonad session didn't work for me. I also had issues with games failing to capture the mouse until I launched the game in a Gnome Fallback session.

This initial configuration must be done for each individual game: Portal's configuration is not shared with TF2's.

-Despot
Last edited by Despot; Jul 27, 2013 @ 10:52am
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Despot Jul 27, 2013 @ 10:46am 
Okay, I can't figure out what it is about the Xmonad config that's making the formatter b0rk. Any ideas?
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Date Posted: Jul 27, 2013 @ 10:31am
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