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ff="/tmp/monsterwm.fifo"
[[ -p $ff ]] || mkfifo -m 600 "$ff"
 
# desktop names
ds=("web" "dev" "foo" "null")
 
# layout names
ms=("T" "M" "B" "G" "F")
 
while read -t 60 -r wmout || true; do
if [[ $wmout =~ ^(([[:digit:]]+:)+[[:digit:]]+ ?)+$ ]]; then
read -ra desktops <<< "$wmout" && unset r
for desktop in "${desktops[@]}"; do
IFS=':' read -r d w m c u <<< "$desktop"
((c)) && fg="\\f4" i="${ms[$m]}" || fg="\\f3"
((u)) && w+='\f5!'
r+="$fg${ds[$d]} ${w/#0/\\f8-} \\f3:: "
done
r="${r%::*}"
fi
printf "\\\l%s\\\r%s\n" "$r\\f5[\\f3$i\\f5]" "$(date +"%F %R")"
done < "$ff" | bar &
 
# pass output to fifo
monsterwm > "$ff"
monsterwm2dzen
Shell
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#!/usr/bin/env bash
 
# create a fifo to send output
ff="/tmp/monsterwm.fifo"
[[ -p $ff ]] || mkfifo -m 600 "$ff"
 
while read -r; do
# filter output to only what we want to match and parse
[[ $REPLY =~ ^(([[:digit:]]+:)+[[:digit:]]+ ?)+$ ]] && read -ra desktops <<< "$REPLY" || continue
for desktop in "${desktops[@]}"; do
# set values for
# d - the desktop id
# w - number of windows in that desktop
# m - tiling layout/mode for that desktop
# c - whether that desktop is the current (1) or not (0)
# u - whether a window in that desktop has an urgent hint set (1) or not (0)
IFS=':' read -r d w m c u <<< "$desktop"
 
# name each desktop
case $d in
0) d="web" s="" ;;
1) d="dev" s="::" ;;
2) d="foo" s="::" ;;
esac
 
# the current desktop color should be #d11783
# we will also display the current desktop's tiling layout/mode
((c)) && f="#d11783" && case $m in
# name each layout/mode with a symbol
0) i="[T]" ;;
1) i="[M]" ;;
2) i="[B]" ;;
3) i="[G]" ;;
esac || f="#5e7175"
 
# if the desktop has an urgent hint its color should be #ff0000
((u)) && f="#ff0000"
 
# if the desktop has windows print that number next to the desktop name
# else just print the desktop name
((w)) && r+="$s ^fg($f)$d $w^fg() " || r+="$s ^fg($f)$d^fg() "
done
 
# read from fifo and output to dzen2
printf "%s%s\n" "$r" "$i" && unset r
done < "$ff" | dzen2 -h 18 -w 400 -ta l -e -p -fn "-misc-terminusmod.icons-medium-r-normal--12-120-72-72-c-60-*-*" &
 
# pass output to fifo
monsterwm > "$ff"
monsterwm2dzen_with-titles_dwm-like
Shell
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#!/usr/bin/env bash
 
: "${wm:=$HOME/Projects/monsterwm/monsterwm}"
: "${ff:="/tmp/$RANDOM.monsterwm.fifo"}"
 
tags=('1' '2' '3' '4')
 
layouts=('[]=' '[ ]' 'TTT' '[#]')
 
conky | dzen2 -h 18 -x 320 -ta r -e -p -fn &
 
# Check if it's a pipe, otherwise create it
[[ -p $ff ]] || mkfifo -m 600 "$ff"
 
while read -t 60 -r wmout || true; do
desktops=( $(cut -d"|" -f1 <<< "$wmout") )
title="$(cut -d"|" -f2- <<< "$wmout")"
 
if [[ "${desktops[@]}" =~ ^(([[:digit:]]+:)+[[:digit:]]+ ?)+$ ]]; then
unset tmp
 
for desktop in "${desktops[@]}"; do
IFS=':' read -r d w m c u <<< "$desktop"
 
# Tags labels
label="${tags[$d]}"
 
# Is this the current desktop ? save the layout
((c)) && fg="#fefefe" bg="#204a87" && layout="${layouts[$m]}" \
|| fg="#b3b3b3" bg=""
 
# Has windows ?
((w)) && fg="#fce94f"
 
# Urgent windows ?
((u)) && fg="#ef2929"
 
tmp+="^fg($fg)^bg($bg) $label ^bg()^fg()"
done
fi
 
# Merge the clients indications, the tile and the info
echo "$tmp $layout $title"
done < "$ff" | dzen2 -w 320 -h 18 -ta l -e -p &
 
while :; do "$wm" || break; done | tee -a "$ff"
#$wm > "$ff"
monsterwm2some_sorta_bar
Shell
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#!/usr/bin/env bash
 
# create a fifo to send output
ff="/tmp/monsterwm.fifo"
[[ -p $ff ]] || mkfifo -m 600 "$ff"
 
# desktop names
ds=("web" "dev" "foo" "null")
 
# layout names
ls=("T" "M" "B" "G" "F")
 
while read -t 60 -r wmout || true; do
if [[ $wmout =~ ^(([[:digit:]]+:)+[[:digit:]]+ ?)+$ ]]; then
read -ra desktops <<< "$wmout" && unset r
for desktop in "${desktops[@]}"; do
 
# set values for
# d - the desktop id
# w - number of windows in that desktop
# m - tiling layout/mode for that desktop
# c - whether that desktop is the current (1) or not (0)
# u - whether a window in that desktop has an urgent hint set (1) or not (0)
IFS=':' read -r d w m c u <<< "$desktop"
 
# if this is the current desktop, color should be '&4'
# if this is the current desktop, also set the layout name
# else the color should be '&3'
((c)) && fg="&4" i="${ls[$m]}" || fg="&3"
 
# if the desktop has an urgent hint, add an
# exclamation mark '!' with '&5' color
((u)) && w+='&5!'
r+="$fg${ds[$d]} $w &3:: "
done
r="${r%::*}"
fi
 
# read from fifo and output to some_sorta_bar
printf "&L%s&R%s\n" "$r&5[&3$i&5]" "$(date +"%F %R")"
done < "$ff" | some_sorta_bar &
 
# pass output to fifo
monsterwm > "$ff"

monsterwm :cactus: is a tiny but monsterous dynamic tiling wm by @c00kiemon5ter written in less than 650lines of C

bar :fire: is a @LemonBoy creation, a simple bar written in C/XCB.

some_sorta_bar :zap: is a @moetunes creation, some sort of a bar, written in C/Xlib.

I use tee to get the output to stdout on the tty/console too.
If you don't want that, then just redirect the output from mosterwm directly to the pipe.

monsterwm > "$ff"

update: this is now the default.

some_sorta_bar now reads input from stdin instead of xsetroot -name, so it works just like dzen does. Replacing dzen (and its options) with some_sorta_bar (and vice versa) will work the same.

added friendlier script by @LemonBoy, edited to also include the window titles.

@livinglifeback I had forgotten a & at the end of the dzen2 call.
the only thing you need to run the script is to make it executable and add

exec /path/to/monsterwm2dzen

in your ~/.xinitrc

added script to output to bar by @LemonBoy

Also check mstatusbar
Use it as indicated in monsterbar.sh replacing the above scripts

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