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Old 09-05-2003, 02:12 PM   #1
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Windows Manager Questions

I have Mandrake 9.1 and I want to run Gnome and Enlightment. I would prefer to run enlightment on top of gnome BUT when I go to the gnome control panel there is no setting to let me change the windows manager anywhere?!? Not even under advanced.

So, question #1:
How do I change my windows manager in Gnome to Enlightenment?

Right now I have gnome-panel starting up when I run enlightenment by editing the .xinitrc and .xsession files in my home directory. When the computer boots up it works fine BUT when I log out and go to the log in manager and then try to log back in with enlightenment it doesn't start with the scripts I discrbed above in my home directory because it doens't start the gnome-panel.

So, question #2:
What script does the log in managers run when you start your windows manager/desktop?

Old 09-05-2003, 02:20 PM   #2
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If I understand your problem then you should just be able to create an entry in:

That contains the command used to start enlightenment. This will give you a new option at the login screen.
Old 09-05-2003, 02:33 PM   #3
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Nope, thats not my problem. I have the enlightment option in my start up menu at my login manager. You might need to re-read my questions. I tried to explain as best I can what I wanted to do. In short my questions are:

1. How do I change my windows manager in Gnome when there is no option to do so in my control panel?

2. If i'm using a KDE or Gnome login manager what scripts does it use for start up of each windows manager becasue they don't use the .xsession and .xinitrc files in my home directory because those are only used when X initally starts.
Old 02-27-2004, 04:24 AM   #4
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i would also like to see a solution for this, too, as I'd at least like to see what Gnome is like running window managers other than Metacity--Gnome's default window manager. Through the 'boards I've learned that Mandrake somewhat 'cripples' Gnome because of all the Drak/Drake config tools. Nowhere can I find a setting to change my window manager. The session manager shows that Metacity is loaded at startup, but if there's an option there to change which window mangager is run at startup, I don't see it ...
Prior to logging in, I can select which window manager I want to use. Once logged in, using any window manager other than Gnome (which, I realize, is a desktop environment, not a window manager--and I don't have KDE intalled at all so I don't know about there) I can switch to a different window manager without logging out and back in. According to the Gnome web-site manual, I SHOULD be able to do this from within Gnome as well, using the Desktop Preferences capplet. Mandrake has apparently crippled this, as when I click on it to run it I get "There is no action associated with "Desktop Preferences", with the option to associate an application with it.
Anyone??? Bueller??? Bueller???
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bumpity bump bump bump
Old 02-27-2004, 07:52 PM   #6
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got my help on IRC channel #Linuxhelp
the process is a royal PITA, though. sheesh!!! Mandrake COULDA left it as easy as the Gnome docs make it out to be ....


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