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dombrowsky 01-15-2010 10:09 AM

running WindowMaker on GNOME (or vice-versa)
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I like my desktop (see screenshot). I currently run WindowMaker with the gnome-panel on top of it to get the gnome menu. I need to run WindowMaker because I like the dock/clip, and not all dockapps work with gnome-swallow-applet.

This solution works OK, but there's some duct-tape needed which makes me think I'm not running it correctly. For example:

* I need to manually run gnome-panel after starup (setting it to automatically run causes the panels to be incorrectly sized)
* I need to manually start gnome-keyring-daemon and export its magic environment vars to get it to store my ssh passwords for the current session.
* I need to manually run nautilus (again, running it on wmaker startup causes issues).

I've tried many things to allow me to start my gnome session (and thus automatically start all the interconnected stuff underneath it), but I can't figure out how to start WindowMaker after GNOME. So my questions are:

1) Should GNOME run on top of WindowMaker (my current setup), or vice-versa?

2) Can I configure GNOME to run WindowMaker instead of metacity as the window manager?


3) Is there a standard way to start the GNOME environment (panel, nautilus, etc.) from within another window manager?

evo2 01-17-2010 05:13 AM

Sounds like what you want to do is 2), and yes it can be done. In theory you should be able to use any window manager with gnome.


dombrowsky 01-18-2010 09:42 AM

Looks like this is unsupported behavior, even though there's no shortage of people in the intarwebs looking for the solution to this problem. The best solution I found is from 2 years ago:

Or, in shell speak:


$ sudo cp /usr/share/xsessions/wmaker.desktop /usr/share/applications
$ gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/windowmanager --type=string wmaker

Or you can use gconf-editor for a more pointy-clickly interface to change the configuration setting.

evo2 01-18-2010 08:39 PM

Unsupported? So it does not work?


dombrowsky 08-13-2010 02:54 AM

it works

Originally Posted by evo2 (Post 3831548)
Unsupported? So it does not work?


been using it since I made the post. It works almost 100%. The only catch is this: if you want to save your windowmaker settings, you first have to log out of windowmaker, then launch a terminal from (gnome's) nautilus, start twm, move nautilus out of the way, and then log out of gnome. A monstrous hack, but it only happens once in a while so its OK.

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