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Old 06-07-2003, 01:45 PM   #1
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Problems using Window Maker


I am running RedHat 9.0

I am trying to install and successfully run Window Maker, but I am having a few problems.

I performed the install as root and I ran wmaker.inst, which is supposed to configure everything for me, but it hasn't worked. When I reboot and log in (visually) I got an error and had to select Gnome from the menu at the bottom of the screen.

I edited my /etc/sysconfig/desktop file so that when my Xclients file(?) is run it assumes that my preferred desktop is wmaker.

When I try to run Window Maker in a Gnome desktop I get the following error:

Quote:
[thedude@localhost /]$ RunWM
WARNING: You selected WindowMaker as your window manager, but your
installation of WindowMaker does not appear to be functional. Either
/usr/bin/wmaker was not found or /usr/share/WindowMaker directory
is missing.
RESUMING with Fvwm2 (95 look)
WARNING: You selected Fvwm2 as your window manager, but your installation
does not appear to be functional. The executable /usr/X11R6/bin/fvwm2 was
not found on your system.
RESUMING with TWM...
[thedude@localhost /]$
Because of this I have copied the wmaker file from its originally assigned /usr/bin/local/ directory and I will try to reboot to see if this works. Additionally, I dont have a /usr/share/WindowMaker directory because one wasnt created that way. Rather I have a /usr/local/share/WindowMaker directory. Should I just move all that stuff? How did this install so...poorly?

Finally, when I initially configured, made, and made install I did not follow up by running ldconfig. Could this be the problem? I tried to run it, but I don't have that option installed apparently. I guess I will try to install that too and then go back through the entire installation to see if that helps anything change.

Anyway, Ive been reading over the net for hours and I still can't seem to get this working. I guess I've been learning something though...just not sure what yet

If you can give me any suggestions, I would appreciate it.
 
Old 06-08-2003, 09:33 AM   #2
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Should I just move all that stuff?
Why didn't you use the rpm's? If you do and it installs fine then all should be taken care of and you should be able to switch window managers using "switchdesk" or what the app is called.

How did this install so...poorly?
Before you compile from source, run "./configure --help" and check out the directives that change the base location (prefix), because for a lot of apps it'll just default to /usr/local: running configure as "./configure --prefix=/usr" should take care of it.
 
Old 06-15-2003, 09:08 AM   #3
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Hey Unspawn, if you arent too busy handling the new Security How To that "we" ... er ... you and several others are working on I have two questions:

1 Do I have to install GNUstep to run WindowMaker? Its not clear on the websites.

2 Finally when I run wmaker.inst it ends up telling me the following:

Sorry, font coding or locale en_US.UTF-8 not recognized.
Type wsetfont with no arguments for list of supported font codings...

So I run wsetfont and

Helvetica is the supported font. I ran across a page about having problems with fonts being recognized if fonts.scale and fonts.dir are not located in the directory that contains your fonts. Well, here is a sample of some fonts that are on my system (they are under /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi ):

fonts.alias
fonts.dir
helvB08-ISO8859-1.pcf.gz
helvB10-ISO8859-1.pcf.gz I assume that these are Helvetica?
helvB10.pcf.gz

Just a few from the list. So I have the fonts.dir file but I dont have fonts.scale. Is this why wsetfont cant locate Helvetica? Ive been thinking about going into the WindowMaker code itself to try to select a different font type.... but then again I would have no idea whether or not I am doing something correctly:P

If I just run locate for Helvetica, something shows up in openoffice but... Oh well. Its kinda frustrating. Maybe I did some damage to fonts somehow?

Well, whatever. I dont HAVE to have WindowMaker... just like the themes
 
Old 06-15-2003, 03:26 PM   #4
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Hey Unspawn, if you arent too busy handling the new Security How To that "we" ... er ... you and several others are working on
No I ain't, but with the speed at which LQ threads race by it's hard to keep track of any thread.

IIRC RH made a decision to fsck up their encoding and locale's Real Good. Check this and search for "UTF-8". So you could try "env LANG=en_US wmaker.inst" and see if that works. If it does use some RH language applet to permanently change the settings, and check "grep /etc/sysconfig/i18n -e LANG" if it sticks. If you run xfs then it should work out whatever it's gotta do by itself including (re)building font spec files.
 
  


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