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Old 01-22-2006, 01:24 PM   #1
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How to change window managers

When I first installed Debian 3.r1 I chose Windowmaker as my X manager. Then I loaded xfce4 and icewm, using apt-get so I could see the different managers.

After I exited Windowmaker and logged back in, the system automatically brought up xfce4 as my login manager.

How can I setup my Debian so I am given an option, at login, as to which manager I want to run.

I remember on my Ubuntu Debian system I had a "session" box that I could use to select the manager, but I don't see that on the stable Debian I installed.


Old 01-22-2006, 01:32 PM   #2
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You can use another display manager than the default xdm to get that. I prefer gdm (gnome display manager) or wdm (Wings display manager). But there also is kdm (Kde's display manager) and maybe there are more that I don't know of. All of those have a box where you can select the session (window or desktop manager) you want to start.
Try install one of these packages and Debian will automaticly ask which display manager you want to use.
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You can select window managers using xwmconfig. If you have it installed it's in:

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Here is how I did replace xdm with kdm.
Step1: install kdm
# aptitude install kdm
Step2: reconfigure the system
# dpkg-reconfigure kdm
It follows a one window dialog: choose kdm.
That's all.

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Old 01-23-2006, 07:12 AM   #5
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If you're using "startx" to start up X then
update-alternatives --config x-window-manager
or use kdm/gdm to choose your window manager.
Old 01-23-2006, 12:17 PM   #6
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Thanks to everyone for the tips.
I did "apt-get install wdm" and that gave me what I wanted.



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