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Old 03-11-2005, 12:31 AM   #1
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How-to start wmaker/xfce4/fluxbox/fvwm as user


Hello !

I've just installed Slackware 10.1 on my machine. I've installed !!NO!! KDE/GNOME cause I do not like them too much.... I like to do some thing by hands, you know....

Anyway, I've added a new user, to use my machine as a non-root..., but there is my weak point... How can I start wmaker/xfce4/fluxbox/fvwm as a normal user ?

I'm aware of the command starxfce4, but is there another way to do that for xfce... ? Other window managers ?

That was easy with KDM & GDM where you can choose what WM you'd like to start... Perhaps there is a simple display manager that can provide choices...?

Pls assist with this one.

Thanks,
Sader.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 01:23 AM   #2
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This solution will affect all the users on your slackware machine, so I'm not sure if it's quite the solution you're looking for.

Run pkgtool as root, then choose setup. Choose to run xwmconfig, then choose you WM.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 01:24 AM   #3
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"xwmconfig" ? That what your looking for?
I think all that does is modify your ~/.xinitrc

If its not what your after, sorry.
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:22 AM   #4
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As said above, 'xwmconfig' to choose a window manager, then 'startx' to run X with it.

xwmconfig should only change the window manager for the current user.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 04:12 AM   #5
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Another way in which you could do it, is by creating a .xinitrc file and put in there the paths to your many Windows Managers, and comment or uncomment as the need arise.

Example, assuming that the executables for wmaker, xfce4, fluxbox and fvwm are in /usr/local/bin you could easily do:

Code:
echo "exec /usr/local/bin/wmaker" > ~/.xinitrc
echo "exec /usr/local/bin/startxfce4" >> ~/.xinitrc
echo "exec /usr/local/bin/fluxbox" >> ~/.xinitrc
echo "exec /usr/local/bin/fvwm" >> ~/.xinitrc
The first line will create .xinitrc and add the path to the executable, the subsequent lines will just append "exec ..." to .xinitrc

You will end up having something like this in your .xinitrc file:

/usr/local/bin/wmaker
/usr/local/bin/startxfce4
/usr/local/bin/fluxbox
/usr/local/bin/fvwm


Now, the only thing you need to do is comment all the lines except the one that has the WM you want to use, and then just startx. Assuming you want xfce, the .xinitrc would look like:

#/usr/local/bin/wmaker
/usr/local/bin/startxfce4
#/usr/local/bin/fluxbox
#/usr/local/bin/fvwm


Then:
Code:
startx
Enjoy X.

I hope this help, have a nice day.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 05:02 AM   #6
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thanks guys...

I think that should work !

br
Sader
 
Old 03-11-2005, 09:53 AM   #7
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or, for fun....

make your ~/.xinitrc:
Code:
xterm

which gives you a bare window.
You can then start any windowmanager e.g:
type 'wmaker' or 'twm' or 'fvwm'
 
  


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