Recent comments on posts in the blog:
gnome-settings-deamonwould interfere with but since it doesn't work either with Gnome itself, well, I don't know.
This sets most of that for you, the rest should be able to be done with xdg-autostart entries: https://github.com/yrro/gnome-i3
Also, you may prefer light-locker to gnome-screensaver.
Seems like you've solved a lot of the same things I have in different ways after switching to i3
My i3 config is up on github - I use this along with a fairly trivial ~/.xsession to set up my ~/.i3/config and start i3. I also have some python scripts (i3companion) here to handle some of the more advanced things:
Some differences between our setups:
gnome-settings-daemon - Sounds like you need this for a different reason to me. I used to run this as a quick hack to get backlight + keyboard backlight controls to work without needing root, but it always caused issues and was hard to configure without Gnome, so I now talk to the appropriate daemons over dbus/xcb to do this myself (upower for keyboard backlight, X11 RANDR for LCD backlight). More on this later.
gnome-keyring-daemon - What's wrong with ssh-add (part of ssh-agent)?
gnome-screensaver - I use i3lock with xautolock. I like the fact that i3lock actually saves power by turning off the screen and keeping it off until you start to unlock it (with the --dpms flag). Back when I used wmii I did basically the same thing as i3lock with xtrlock and a python script to keep the screen off.
nm-applet - I use wicd-curses, which is bound to mod+n for quick access (N for networks)
volume/brightness key bindings - I use my own python script (i3companion) for these instead of execing a binary each time, which significantly reduces the latency (especially on the first press after Linux has discarded the binary from the page cache). My script uses python-xpyb and python-xlib to grab the keybindings directly, so this does not strictly go through i3 any more.
In addition to the XF86 keys, I also bind other common keys for these so I don't have to think about the different locations these keys are on every brand's keyboard (I typically switch between machines several times a day). I use mod+up/down for the LCD backlight, mod+shift+up/down for the keyboard backlight, mod+square brackets for volume up/down, mod+backslash for mute and mod+shift+backslash for pavucontrol (for when I need to do something more advanced, such as rerouting an audio stream to my bluetooth headphones).
Suspend script - On one laptop I just use the laptop's Fn+F4 to do this through the standard acpi scripts, on another laptop I catch the power button (it's a Mac Air, so the power button is in the stupidest place they could possibly have conceived and not catching it is a recipe for disaster, because OF COURSE you would put the power button as a normal key just above backspace, I mean where else would you put a dangerous key like that?) and display a menu asking what to do (suspend, hibernate, shut down, reboot, log out, switch user) and invoke a suitable dbus interface to do the correct action - all without requiring root or sudo. To lock the screen on suspend I bind XF86ScreenSaver, XF86Sleep and XF86Suspend to run i3lock.
I've got a few other neat tricks as well in my config - one of these days I should really blog about it, but the meantime, feel free to check it out on github
Thanks for your comments Vincent, it's good to hear from someone who seems to know what's going on
I've tried your
setxkbmap line and the toggle doesn't work. I suspect these issues on jessie/sid are the same as what these other users have found on Ubuntu 14.04:
It would also explain why the toggle doesn't work in the GNOME settings (since it's probably just calling
setxkbmap for us).
I should probably blog about my use of git-annex at some point
Setting it up is not hard if you use the assistant (
git annex webapp). I use my own ssh server as the intermediate transfer server and I set up an XMPP server on there too.
For /etc however, I use the
etckeeper package instead.
Have you considered trying if xscreensaver works without the hacks needed for gnome-screensaver?
Thanks for the tips, I am going to use (a variant of) your suspend script.
gnome-screensaver does not work as expected because idleness is detected by
gnome-session. You could run i3 through
gnome-session (you need an hand-crafted desktop file).
For switching between keyboard bindings, this is something that X can handle itself. For example, look at
setxkbmap us,fr '' grp:rctrl_rshift_toggle will switch between US and FR layouts.
I had tried to keep those gnome stuff in the past, but the interaction between all those parts is under-documented and can change quite often. I would stay far from gnome-settings-daemon which does a lot of things. You could look at
xsettingsd which will do exactly what you describe without hidden features.
quite an off-topic. How do you use git-annex? Do you have a central server to distribute changes around your machines? How do you set up git-annex? What do you do about /etc/? What files are important for you?