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Old 06-28-2008, 04:33 PM   #1
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setting up XFCE with fluxbox


Hi,
What is the easiest way to set up XFCE to work with the fluxbox window manager? Any help would be much appreciated.

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Old 06-28-2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but, if what you're trying to accomplish is to have fluxbox running under xfce, then, isn't possible.

xfce has its own built-in window manager which (at least I don't remember anyone that have done it) can be replaced just like that by fluxbox.
 
Old 06-28-2008, 05:13 PM   #3
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but, if what you're trying to accomplish is to have fluxbox running under xfce, then, isn't possible.

xfce has its own built-in window manager which (at least I don't remember anyone that have done it) can be replaced just like that by fluxbox.
I haven't tried it, but there shouldn't be a reason why this can't be done.

The kde wm is kwin, and can be changed by any arbitrary wm, like {flux,open,black}box, fvwm, icewm, enlightenment or whatever. The same for gnome, I have seen it even running with tiling wm's like xmonad, no problem.

In kde you can do this by just setting the KDEWM variable.

In gnome it's just a matter of killing its native wm (metacity) and launching fluxbox instead. Then, the gnome session manager will *remember* the wm that is loaded, and will start it automatically from that moment.

In xfce there's a session manager, so, maybe, this trick can be done as well. If not, you can open the xfce4-session script (or whatever it's called) on a text editor and check it's contents. I guess that there must be a way to change xfwm by fluxbox, and see no reason why it couldn't be done.

EDITED: If you don't understand the script, paste xfce4-session in pastebin.com or wherever and put a link here, so I can review it. I don't have xfce installed so I can't look at it on my own box.

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Old 06-28-2008, 10:37 PM   #4
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Hi,
Thanks for the replies, I know it is possible to do it becos Wolvix runs XFCE with fluxbox as the window manager. However i remember once befoe when i tried to run XFCE with the Ice WM it screwed the system. At that time i was running Xubuntu which uses XFCE and the built in XFWM. I assume like you say, i92guboj, that it is a case of replacing the inbuilt WM with, in this case, fluxbox. So i will try that and see what happens.

Cheers.
 
Old 06-29-2008, 02:40 AM   #5
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Indeed, I was wrong about that

After a little googling I found people that have done it but don't say how (pretty nice right?) anyway, this is what I would do, after entering xfce, kill the xfwm4 and start fluxbox, hopefuly, saving the session will do it.

If not, then you can try adding in the [General] section of ~/.config/xfce4-session/xfce4-session.rc, this:
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Client0_Command=xfwm4
Use fluxbox instead of xfwm4 and see what happens
 
  


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