Linux Compile skippy-xd from Source

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

In a previous post, I provided steps to install skippy: Linux software that provides OS X Expose-like functionality in a Linux distribution.

However, skippy is no longer in development and has been forked into a more advanced and modern Linux software called skippy-xd.

The following post will provide steps to compile, install, and use skippy-xd.

Compile from Source

The following compile process has been successfully tested on Fedora 17.

Install the following repository packages:

yum install libXcomposite libXcomposite-devel libXdamage libXdamage-devel libXfixes libXfixes-devel libXft libXft-devel libXinerama libXinerama-devel libXmu libXmu-devel libXrender libXrender-devel mercurial

Checkout the latest source code:

hg clone

Change into the checked out directory:

cd ~/skippy-xd/

Compile and install the binary:

sudo make install

User Setup

A default skippy-xd configuration file is included in the source and needs to be copied to your user’s .config directory (this may be different on non-Fedora distributions) with the following command:

cp ~/skippy-xd/skippy-xd.rc-default ~/.config/skippy-xd/skippy-xd.rc

Unlike skippy, mapping skippy-xd to a hotkey is not done through the skippy-xd.rc file; it is done through whatever window manager you are currently using.

Using skippy-xd

To begin using skippy-xd, run skippy-xd from your shell. skippy-xd will run once and then quit. This can be mapped to a hotkey through your window manager’s hotkey configuration.

skippy-xd does not render the active windows properly. Basic functionality works such as window selection and displaying window labels on mouse over, but windows are not fully rendered when skippy-xd is running.

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