Devil's Pie

A window-matching utility, inspired by Sawfish's "Matched Windows" option and the lack of the functionality in Metacity. Metacity lacking window matching is not a bad thing — Metacity is a lean window manager, and window matching does not have to be a window manager task.

Devil's Pie can be configured to detect windows as they are created, and match the window to a set of rules. If the window matches the rules, it can perform a series of actions on that window. For example, I can make all windows created by X-Chat appear on all workspaces, and the main Gkrellm1 window does not appear in the pager or task list.

Download

Latest download is devilspie-0.22.tar.gz.

Bug Reporting

You can report bugs in Devil's Pie in the GNOME Bugzilla.

13:54 Saturday, 24 Nov 2007 [#] [/computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Sell Sell Sell" 0.19

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.19 is out. Just a fix for older systems here.

Downloads are in the usual place.

21:14 Saturday, 18 Feb 2012 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie Graphical Editor

Thanks to Chris for pointing out gdevilspie to me, a graphical interface to writing Devil's Pie rule files. I've never used it so I can't comment on how well it works, but I'm very glad that someone finally wrote it!

10:30 Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Sweet Music, Soul Music?" 0.22

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.22 is out. Just one bug fix, which shows that my users all use OpenBox.

Downloads are in the usual place.

13:55 Saturday, 24 Nov 2007 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "A Love Supreme" 0.21

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.21 is out. Now with even more actions!

Downloads are in the usual place.

21:29 Sunday, 23 Sep 2007 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie Tutorial

Christer Edwards over at Ubuntu Tutorials has written a short tutorial on Devil's Pie. Thanks Christer!

Now if only people would stop using a hack I wrote several years ago and fix the real problems...

NP: The Last Flowers from the Darkness, Mark Van Hoen

11:17 Thursday, 26 Jul 2007 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie in Linux Format

Jeff Waugh talks about Devil's Pie in his interview with Linux Format (issue 87).

However, there's this really cool thing called Devil's Pie, which is an extra little thing you run. It just plugs in and you can completely script the way Metacity works, using Lisp. Much in the same way you could with Sawfish, except for being a plugin and being directly focused on scripting the window manager. You can do amazing stuff. The work on that has actually been sponsored by Pixar.

Thanks Jeff! Any more of this and people will start thinking I'm paying you...

NP: Flight 602, Aim

16:50 Thursday, 08 Feb 2007 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Wearing That Dress" 0.20.1

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.20.1 is out. Brown paper bag release, whoops!

Downloads are in the usual place.

08:26 Monday, 29 Jan 2007 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Wearing That Dress" 0.20.2

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.20.2 is out. Brown paper bag release, whoops!

Downloads are in the usual place.

08:26 Monday, 29 Jan 2007 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Wearing That Dress" 0.20

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.20 is out. New features galore!

Downloads are in the usual place.

14:45 Friday, 12 Jan 2007 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie in Fedora

Sebastian Vahl just mailed me to say that he has packaged Devil's Pie for Fedora Core (5, 6, and development) in Extras. Thanks Sebastian!

17:00 Sunday, 10 Dec 2006 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Simmer To A Sizzle Like The Days Of Old" 0.18

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.18 is out. Features galore in this release!

Downloads are in the usual place.

10:22 Friday, 20 Oct 2006 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

In Print

Those nice people at Linux Magazine have written an article covering Devil's Pie. Apart from the traditional mis-spelling of my surname, it's a great article. Thanks Linux Magazine!

20:36 Monday, 14 Aug 2006 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Name Dropped

Jeff Waugh was kind enough to name drop Devil's Pie at FOSDEM whilst being interviewed for Source21.nl.

...We haven't been talking about some of the really cool stuff you can do with gnome. Things like Devil's Pie or Brightside, which make the window manager work in totally different ways: they take Metacity which is a very conservative, very simple, it just manages your windows kind of window manager, and they turn it into something which does edge flipping and all kinds of cool stuff, a programmable window environment, those kind of things.

Yay Jeff!

NP: Last.fm Neighbour Radio

15:55 Wednesday, 22 Mar 2006 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Out Of Gas, Still Burning" 0.17.1

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.17.1 is out. This time I actually declare the dependency on Glib 2.10...

Downloads are in the usual place.

09:53 Tuesday, 07 Mar 2006 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Stay With Me While We Grow Old" 0.17

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.17 is out. Nothing interesting, just a fix so that it builds with GLib 2.10.

Downloads are in the usual place.

18:18 Monday, 06 Mar 2006 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Another Tutorial

I just found Yet Another Devil's Pie Tutorial online. That puts the count of unofficial tutorials up to three... obviously people out there want to document Devil's Pie but everyone is doing it in their own corner of the world, so I've just added a skeleton structure to the Devil's Pie wiki page. If anyone out there has a passion for Devil's Pie and wants to start adding documentation for the configuration file format, feel free!

NP: Groove Salad, SomaFM

17:45 Thursday, 02 Mar 2006 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie Bugzilla

There is now a Devil's Pie product in the GNOME Bugzilla, so any bugs can be filed there instead of sending me a mail (which I'll then forget about). Thanks to the super-rad Bugzilla upgrade, the summary page is pretty useful.

NP: Dial 'M' For Monkey, Bonobo

10:40 Thursday, 26 Jan 2006 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie Tutorial

On Xlife there is a brief tutorial on Devil's Pie. I should merge it into the README and add a reference for the actions at some point, but it's a good start.

NP: A Rush Of Blood The The Head, Coldplay

18:00 Tuesday, 24 Jan 2006 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Lazy Release" 0.14

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.14 is out. A nice and lazy release here, I just merged patches from other people.

Downloads are in the usual place.

21:05 Sunday, 16 Oct 2005 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Wind The Frog" 0.13

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.13 is out. This release is far more exciting than 0.12!

Downloads are in the usual place. I'll have Debian packages uploaded shortly I expect.

Thanks again to Pixar, for without their kindness this release would never have happened.

19:31 Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Trying To Make Their Paper" 0.12

Devil's Pie (someones favourite window manipulation tool) 0.12 is out. This release is very boring and is mainly a cleanup release:

Downloads are in the usual place.

Thanks to a little help from a very nice Devil's Pie user, expect another release tomorrow. Brace yourself, it's going to be surprising!

17:44 Monday, 26 Sep 2005 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Used To Love you" 0.11

Devil's Pie (everyone favourite window manipulation tool) 0.11 is out. This release fixes a few bugs which meant that the window type and execute actions were not usable, and adds a shading action.

Downloads are in the usual place. I'll have Debian Sid packages uploading shortly.

10:48 Friday, 16 Sep 2005 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Can't Join Them? Beat Them" 0.10

Devil's Pie (everyone favourite window manipulation tool) 0.10 is finally out. This release is very special as it actually compiles with GNOME 2.10, many thanks to Crispin Flowerday for the final patch to complete this.

Downloads are in the usual place. I'll have Debian Sid and/or Ubuntu Hoary packages shortly.

21:23 Wednesday, 04 May 2005 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Mystery Boxes" 0.8

Devil's Pie (everyone favourite window manipulation tool) 0.8 is out. This release is full of new features thanks to many contributed patches, so grab this now and have fun.

Downloads are in the usual place, a tarball is here, Debian packages here, and will be in unstable tomorrow.

19:17 Sunday, 23 Jan 2005 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Stumpy" 0.7

Devil's Pie (everyone favourite window manipulation tool) 0.7 is out. It appears I forgot to tell the world about 0.6 ("Salmon Sunset"), so I'll put all the changes here.

Downloads are in the usual place, a tarball is here. Debian packages being uploaded to burtonini.com/debian now and will be in Debian... shortly. The Sarge freeze will affect this, of course.

22:21 Monday, 20 Sep 2004 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Right Where I Want You" 0.5.1

Devil's Pie (everyone favourite window manipulation tool) 0.5.1 is out. Brown paper bag release to fix a typo.

Downloads are in the usual place, a tarball is here.

10:44 Tuesday, 17 Aug 2004 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Right Where I Want You" 0.5

Devil's Pie (everyone favourite window manipulation tool) 0.5 is out.

Downloads are in the usual place, a tarball is here. Debian packages being uploaded shortly.

NP: Keep It Unreal, Mr Scruff

08:48 Tuesday, 17 Aug 2004 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Derren Brown Is A Witch" 0.4

Devil's Pie (everyone favourite window manipulation tool) 0.4 is out. Not bad since the last release was in September... Changes are:

Downloads are in the usual place, a tarball is here. Debian packages will be prepared tomorrow, I'm going to bed now. The tarball has a spec file, so rpmbuild should work.

00:02 Monday, 07 Jun 2004 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "David Blaine has smelly socks" 0.3.1

Devil's Pie (everyone favourite window manipulation tool) 0.3.1 is out. Finally. Again. Changes are:

Downloads are in the usual place, a tarball is here.

18:45 Wednesday, 17 Sep 2003 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie "Floating Skulls" 0.3

Devil's Pie (everyone favourite window manipulation tool) 0.3 is out. Finally. Changes are:

Downloads are in the usual place, a tarball is here. A Debian package has been uploaded into Sid, hopefully it will be accepted soon. The tarball has a spec file, so rpmbuild -tb should work.

10:16 Thursday, 14 Aug 2003 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie 0.2.4

Devil's Pie (everyone favourite window manipulation tool) 0.2.4 is out. It appears that I intended to do a 0.2.4 release many moons ago, since it has regular expression matching for window titles and application names, but I never got around to it...

In this last week I have received not one but two different RPM spec files for it, so I thought I best get a release with them in out before I get more!

Thanks to Patrick Aussems for the regexp code, and Michael Raab/Lars R. Damerow for the RPM spec files.

Downloads are in the usual place, a tarball is here and Debian packages are available. The tarball has a spec file, so rpmbuild -tb should work.

07:49 Friday, 02 May 2003 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie 0.2.3

Devil's Pie 0.2.3 is out, available at the usual location. This release is nothing more than a rebuild of the GOB files, with GOB 2.0.3. This will cure any problems along the lines of "FooMatcher cannot be found" when Devil's Pie was built using GCC 3.

12:19 Thursday, 07 Nov 2002 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie 0.2.2

Devil's Pie 0.2.2 is out, available at the usual location. This release fixes a few bugs, adds a default configuration file, and adds actions to set the WM_STATE_BELOW and WM_STATE_ABOVE hints.

Debian packages are also available from my apt-get-able repository, at http://www.burtonini.com/debian/.

09:45 Sunday, 06 Oct 2002 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)

Devil's Pie

Devil's Pie 0.2.1 is released. I'm working on Debian packages, and maybe a RH7x RPM too. For now however, tarballs are available here.

00:00 Sunday, 08 Sep 2002 [#] [computers/devilspie] ( comments)