nix-diff VS xmobar

Compare nix-diff vs xmobar and see what are their differences.


Explain why two Nix derivations differ (by Gabriel439)


A minimalistic status bar (by jaor)
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nix-diff xmobar
0 28
137 672
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4.0 7.7
about 1 month ago 6 days ago
Haskell Haskell
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
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  • ?trayer padding in haskell | 2021-10-25
    That's a bit unfortunate, but I think adding something like to xmobar's format would be a good idea. You might want to mention that as an alternative in so jaor has the full picture and can let us know what he thinks about it all. Perhaps just link to this discussion.
  • Stalonetray dynamically sizing xmobar | 2021-10-14
    I followed 4.1.2 Dynamically sizing xmobar in and it works with 1 monitor, but with 2 monitors the tray is in the wrong place
  • How to build an xmobar config from from a haskell source file? | 2021-08-31
    I can't build the project. configure: error: X11 libraries not found, so X11 package cannot be built Ok, so I went to xmobar's repo and installed all their stack.yaml dependencies via nix and X11 still fails to build. | 2021-08-31
    I've always just used the plain textfile option for configuring xmobar. This works out of the box with nixos, but now I want to use a haskell source file like shown here and import arbitrary haskell libraries. | 2021-08-31
    The ah-xmobar built by NixOS doesn't display. I'm now reasonably convinced that the xmobar library provided by nixpkgs was not compiled with the necessary flags to support my config. Reason being that: - Compiled ah-xmobar using NixOS pre-compiled xmobar library doesn't work with xmobar's example hs config. - Compiled ah-xmobar using NixOS pre-compiled xmobar library works with a config that uses commands = [] and template = "%uname%". - Compiled ah-xmobar using custom compiled xmobar library with the +all_extensions flag works for any configuration.
  • Using trayer with xmobar? | 2021-08-31 this script generates a transparent xpm icon same width as your tray size. run this as a module in xmobar wherever you want trayer to be and launch trayer to that position. take a look at this
  • Problems with xmobar | 2021-08-09
    I tried this example config from And it works. Config { font = "-misc-fixed-*-*-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-*-*" , additionalFonts = [] , borderColor = "black" , border = TopB , bgColor = "black" , fgColor = "grey" , alpha = 255 , position = Top , textOffset = -1 , iconOffset = -1 , lowerOnStart = True , pickBroadest = False , persistent = False , hideOnStart = False , iconRoot = "." , allDesktops = True , overrideRedirect = True , commands = [ Run Weather "EGPF" ["-t",": C", "-L","18","-H","25", "--normal","green", "--high","red", "--low","lightblue"] 36000 , Run Network "eth0" ["-L","0","-H","32", "--normal","green","--high","red"] 10 , Run Network "eth1" ["-L","0","-H","32", "--normal","green","--high","red"] 10 , Run Cpu ["-L","3","-H","50", "--normal","green","--high","red"] 10 , Run Memory ["-t","Mem: %"] 10 , Run Swap [] 10 , Run Com "uname" ["-s","-r"] "" 36000 , Run Date "%a %b %_d %Y %H:%M:%S" "date" 10 ] , sepChar = "%" , alignSep = "}{" , template = "%cpu% | %memory% * %swap% | %eth0% - %eth1% }\ \{ %date%| %EGPF% | %uname%" } | 2021-08-09
    same error: xmobar: /home/janus/.config/xmobar/xmobar.hs: hGetContents: invalid argument (invalid byte sequence) but when I change the arch wiki config file to config file. It works. | 2021-08-09
  • Toggle Hide Xmobar | 2021-06-24
    overrideRedirect If youโ€™re running xmobar in a tiling window manager, you might need to set this option to False so that it behaves as a docked application. Defaults to True. source

What are some alternatives?

When comparing nix-diff and xmobar you can also consider the following projects:

taffybar - A gtk based status bar for tiling window managers such as XMonad


ranger - A VIM-inspired filemanager for the console

xmonad-contrib - Contributed modules for xmonad

xmonad-dbus - XMonad DBus monitor application and library to easily connect XMonad with Polybar

xmonad - The core of xmonad, a small but functional ICCCM-compliant tiling window manager

dotfiles - The dotfiles im using for my DE!

pfetch - ๐Ÿง A pretty system information tool written in POSIX sh.

blucontrol - Configurable blue light filter

plugins - Dynamic linking and runtime evaluation of Haskell, and C, including dependency chasing and package resolution.

echo - A cross-platform, cross-console way to handle echoing terminal input

clock - High-resolution clock functions: monotonic, realtime, cputime.