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Old 04-17-2004, 12:05 AM   #1
Brother Michael
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Switching Window Managers

My cousin is having some small troubles switching Window Managers on Debian. He currently has the 2.2 Kernal and KDE 2.0 running. He has installed via Apt Blackbox and FluxBox. But at his log in screen it does not give him an option to switch between window managers. How does he go about doing this?

Old 04-17-2004, 12:42 AM   #2
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ok here it is on a redhat 9 sys. I can go to ~/ and edit the .Xclients-default file and it will say exec gnome-session. change that to exec the window manager that you want another option is to download a desktop switching tool. Find out what window manager you are useing and goto there home page and find a switcher.
Old 04-17-2004, 12:46 AM   #3
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Is he using kdm? If so it should appear otherwise you can use xdm and change the /etc/alternatives/x-window-manager symlink accordingly.
Old 04-17-2004, 07:27 AM   #4
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Yet another possibility... edit ~/.Xsession (for more information man Xsession to include

exec /usr/bin/blackbox (or whatever windowsmanager he desires).

Old 04-17-2004, 07:29 AM   #5
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Or you can do what I do...

Change your settings to take you into a terminal instead of a graphical login manager... then create/edit ~/.xinitrc to read something like this:
exec fluxbox
Thats what I use... or 'startkde' for KDE 3.2 Just have to find out what the command is. Im not sure what it is for Blackbox.

I dont know if Debian is that much different, but just though I would throw my two cents in
Old 04-17-2004, 10:49 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. In the end we just had to "aptitude" and download KDM and install it and use it instead of XDM.



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