Like many laptop users, I often plug my laptop into different monitor setups (multiple monitors at my desk, projector when presenting, etc.) Running xrandr commands or clicking through interfaces gets tedious, and writing scripts isn't much better. Recently, I ran across autorandr, which detects attached monitors using EDID (and other settings), saves xrandr configurations, and restores them. It can also run arbitrary scripts when a particular configuration is loaded. I've packed it, and it is currently waiting in NEW. If you can't wait, the deb is here and the git repo is here. To use it, simply install the package, and create your initial configuration (in my case, undocked):
then, dock your laptop (or plug in your external monitor(s)), change the configuration using xrandr (or whatever you use), and save your new configuration (in my case, workstation):
autorandr --save undocked
repeat for any additional configurations you have (or as you find new configurations). Autorandr has
autorandr --save workstation
autorandr --changeshould be run any time that new displays appear. You can also run
autorandr --load workstationmanually too if you need to. You can also add your own
~/.config/autorandr/$PROFILE/postswitchscript to run after a configuration is loaded. Since I run i3, my workstation configuration looks like this:
which fixes the dpi appropriately, sets the primary screen (possibly not needed?), and moves the i3 workspaces about. You can also arrange for configurations to never be run by adding a
#!/bin/bash xrandr --dpi 92 xrandr --output DP2-2 --primary i3-msg '[workspace="^(1 4 6)"] move workspace to output DP2-2;' i3-msg '[workspace="^(2 5 9)"] move workspace to output DP2-3;' i3-msg '[workspace="^(3 8)"] move workspace to output DP2-1;'
blockhook in the profile directory. Check it out if you change your monitor configuration regularly!