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Old 05-05-2003, 12:50 PM   #1
nigma
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Changing your Window Manager


Hey, I recently installed the BlackBox window manager. It is now installed, I just do not know how to make it my window manager. I tried:
switchdesk blackbox

but I just get a message saying blackbox does not exist.

Any ideaS?

Thanks.
 
Old 05-05-2003, 01:06 PM   #2
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what window manager do you use now? and how do you login? xdm, gdm, kdm... ?
 
Old 05-05-2003, 01:42 PM   #3
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I am using KDE currently. By default I boot into the console but then use startx when I want to browse the web or some other thing that just is not as fun in console.
 
Old 05-05-2003, 02:20 PM   #4
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to change your window manager create a file in your home directory called '.xinitrc'. for more info on this file look at xinit or startx man page. Then specify blackbox in the .xinitrc file as your wm.

example .xinitrc
# begin example /home/user-name/.xinitrc
exec xscreensaver &
/usr/local/bin/blackbox
# end example /home/user-name/.xinitrc

then when you execute startx
first xscreensaver will be started and then blackbox will be started.
 
Old 05-05-2003, 02:29 PM   #5
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Thanks a bunch!
 
Old 05-05-2003, 02:36 PM   #6
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glad to be of help
 
Old 05-05-2003, 03:03 PM   #7
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The way I've done it:

I also have Blackbox installed and it starts when I execute "startx". The way I've done it: In Slackware 8.1 you have a directory /etc/X11/xinit with a couple of xinitrc's in it - depending on which WMs you have installed.

I just copied the xinitrc.kde to xinitrc.blackbox, edited the last line "exec kde" to "exec blackbox" and changed the symlink xinitrc in that directory to the new file.

But - and that is the whole reason why I post it - the graphical login crashes and restarts X.

I'm using xdm and so far I haven't found a solution for it.
 
  


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