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Ratpoison is a simple Window Manager with no fat library dependencies, no fancy graphics, no window decorations, and no flashy wank. It is largely modelled after GNU Screen which still is doing wonders in virtual terminal market.

The screen can be split into non-overlapping frames. All windows are kept maximized inside their frames to take full advantage of your precious screen real estate.

All interaction with the window manager is done through keystrokes. Ratpoison has a prefix map to minimize the key clobbering that cripples Emacs and other quality pieces of software.


See the info manual for more information.

"IRC irc://irc.freenode.net/ratpoison " IRC general channel

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterGenium13 January 2017

Leaders and contributors

Shawn Betts Original author and former maintainer. Sickened by the rat and the trend in window managers, he sat down one evening and pulled an all-nighter writing the first version of Ratpoison.
Jeremie Courreges-Anglas Current maintainer.

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Guix Homepage https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/packages/r.html
Bug Tracking,Developer,Help,Support Mailing List Info/Archive http://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/ratpoison-devel
Debian Homepage https://packages.debian.org/jessie/ratpoison
Developer VCS Repository Webview http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/ratpoison.git
Gentoo Homepage https://packages.gentoo.org/packages/x11-wm/ratpoison
Developer Homepage https://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/ratpoison/
FreeBSD Homepage https://www.freshports.org/x11-wm/ratpoison/
User & Developer Bug Tracking https://savannah.nongnu.org/bugs/?group=ratpoison
NetBSD Homepage http://pkgsrc.se/wm/ratpoison
History Homepage https://sourceforge.net/projects/ratpoison/

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build X11 development libraries

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 13 January 2017.


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