i3wm xenial-i3 introduction -- mate terminal & battery monitor

The purpose of this blog post is to introduce the  i3  window manager , as well the ayufan xenial-i3 pine community image.  I am a completely sold out i3wm convert ;  never going back--  i3 for me !

The i3 Window Manager Tutorials and Introductory Videos

       Tutorial Introduction from i3wm.org

       On-line Tutorial Video Part (1/3)

       On-line Tutorial Video Part (2/3)

       On-line Tutorial Video Part (3/3)

       i3wm User's Guide from i3wm.org

The above tutorials are well worth the time and effort, are fast--and fun--and will get you up and running with this super tiling windows manager on your new Pinebook !

I am currently running the 0.4.16 xenial-i3 on my Pinebook with the mate-terminal;  you may quickly want to replace the terminal on i3 because the font is so small, and because the dafault is a minimalist terminal;  the mate-terminal is fully equipped and ready to roll with nice fonts and a rich tool-bar:

       sudo apt install mate-terminal

Below I am going to show the interface of this excellent tiling window manager, and provide a batt_status.sh script which can be used to monitor your battery status more effectively than the i3 status bar.


The pic above is my first ( #1 ) virtual work space;  I have three terminals open--  it is clearly obvious why its called a tiling window manager.  Not to worry , floating windows are configurable too!

I'm doing some Python work in the left terminal, and in the right terminal I'm displaying the code ( also included here ) for displaying the battery status in a loop-- running in the bottom right-hand terminal of work-space #1.

I removed the battery block of my  .i3status.conf  file.  The script below ( batt_status.sh ) goes in your ~/bin/  folder and runs in a forever loop in a small terminal showing the battery current status ( charging | discharging ) the voltage in micro volts, and the percent capacity. 

Note:  the battery status bar component is broken on this image.  The script below is a simple elegant solution for battery monitoring in a tiling terminal environment.


while [ 1 == 1 ]
   echo " capacity : " `cat /sys/class/power_supply/battery/capacity`
   echo "  voltage : " `cat /sys/class/power_supply/battery/voltage_now`
   echo "   status : " `cat /sys/class/power_supply/battery/status`
   sleep 7

Note:  the little quote-like characters above ARE NOT quotes-- they are back-ticks;  the little character under the tilde ( to the left of the 1 key on most keyboards ).

Remember,  i3  is a tiling window manager NOT an OS;  the operating system under the covers is ubuntu which is a debian derivative.  

Enjoy !

marcushh777    Cool

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i3wm xenial-i3 introduction -- mate terminal & battery monitor - by MarkHaysHarris777 - 08-29-2017, 05:54 PM

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