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Old 03-18-2005, 10:13 PM   #1
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add a new windows manager

Hi, I just installed fvwm2. However, on the log-in screen in fedora core 3, it does not give me this selection. Can someone tell me how I can add the new fvwm2 to my switchdesk so I can actually use fvwm2? Thanks.

Old 03-19-2005, 12:23 AM   #2
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Once you install fvwm2 properly, you can use it. THe "hackerish" way is to just run it from a terminal (I do that anyway) instead of from a Display manager.

First, make a file in your home directory called .xinitrc.
Put the following in the file
Now go to a terminal (hold down CTRL-ALT and press the F-key for the appropriate number of the terminal you want).
Log in
$ startx -- :1
And "BOOM", you'll be in fvwm2! And you'll still be able to run your regular window manager (if you don't understand how this all works or whatever, you'll have to ask).

Now, you probably want the option to start fvwm2 from the pretty login screen. I've never done it, but I hear that you have to edit the file /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession, adding
# fvwm2
exec -l $SHELL -c "$DBUS_LAUNCH fvwm2
under the case "$1" in part in the file. I don't know this for sure, as I've never done this.

THat should give you a start. There may be much, much easier ways to do this, but I'm not currently working in FC3 so I can't play around with anything to find out.

-- the dudeman


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