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I had a similar problem with my setup. For some reason or another the login manager never looked at my .xinitrc so modifying that didn't do anything. I did some digging and found that I had to add an entry to my Xsession file.
scroll down till you find an area that looks similar to this:
if [ -x /usr/share/apps/switchdesk/Xclients.$1 ]; then
exec -l $SHELL -c "/usr/share/apps/switchdesk/Xclients.$1";
**there are a few more lines here**
exec -l $SHELL -c "gnome-session"
I think you need to add a line like the one above for Window Maker. Doing the following should work just fine.
I did this when I was using KDE with kdm login manager. I added a few lines for blackbox and everything works great now. Hope this helps.
There are two ways; hacking scripts, or use the (running) gdm itself
First the easy way in gdm choose
(have to guess correct tabnames as i use mine in dutch )
system -> configure (give in root passwd) then choose Expert
go to tab login sessions and add a session
mine for windowmaker; #! /bin/sh
exec /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession WindowMaker
Guess you can use wmaker inst. WindowMaker
For script hacking look in /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf and
check /etc/X11/gdm/ Sessions and so on
use slocate gdm and see what needs to be changed as i only
used gdm itself to add sessions