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Save your open windows to a file so they can be opened after you restart

Terminal - Save your open windows to a file so they can be opened after you restart
wmctrl -l -p | while read line; do ps -o cmd= "$(echo "$line" | awk '$0=$3')"; done > ~/.windows
2010-07-04 22:11:24
User: matthewbauer
Functions: ps read
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Save your open windows to a file so they can be opened after you restart

This will save your open windows to a file (~/.windows).

To start those applications:

cat ~/.windows | while read line; do $line &; done

Should work on any EWMH/NetWM compatible X Window Manager.

If you use DWM or another Window Manager not using EWMH or NetWM try this:

xwininfo -root -children | grep '^ ' | grep -v children | grep -v '<unknown>' | sed -n 's/^ *\(0x[0-9a-f]*\) .*/\1/p' | uniq | while read line; do xprop -id $line _NET_WM_PID | sed -n 's/.* = \([0-9]*\)$/\1/p'; done | uniq -u | grep -v '^$' | while read line; do ps -o cmd= $line; done > ~/.windows

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wmctrl -l -p | while read line; do ps -o cmd= "$(echo "$line" | awk '$0=$3')"; done

Comment by bandie91 228 weeks and 3 days ago

Okay, thanks that works better if you have a two character desktop number (-1 or 10).

Comment by matthewbauer 228 weeks and 2 days ago

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