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Old 11-08-2003, 05:26 AM   #1
Registered: Jun 2003
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changing window manager in gnome

I would like to change the window manager gnome uses from metacity to fluxbox. I know that I previously read a guide for changing the defatult window manager but now I just can't find it again (sic). When googling on the subject I find that there should be an option in the gnome control center that allows you to change the window manager but when I fire up gnome-controll-center I can't find this option.
I use gnome-session 2.0.5

After a bit of fighting and mucking about I found that the script gnome-wm determines the windowmanager gnome uses. So I edited the script to launch fluxbox instead of metacity. This worked. Fluxbox started. BUT (there is always a but, in the beginning) gnome does not finish startup. After starting window manager step gnome stops not starting Nautilus and what ever other services it should.
I have to kill X with ctrl-alt-backpspace.

None of the apps that start during my normal fluxbox startup start when I start start gnome with fluxbox.

Do any one know of a better way to change the window manager or how to get gnome to start all the way?

Old 11-08-2003, 09:37 AM   #2
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ive always seen the options for that in the gnome program menu but i havent used gnome in a long time, try editing your .xinitrc add the line exec /usr/bin/fluxbox or wherever your fluxbox binary is, you may need to search for it, or try using just exec fluxbox because it may be in your PATH
Old 11-08-2003, 10:00 AM   #3
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I am starting flux from the .xinitrc already. If I want to start gnome from this file I add the line

this works fine and gnome starts.

But this does not effect the window manager gnome uses. Beacuse if I add fluxbox before gnome-session, fluxbox boots then when I shutdown fluxbox gnome starts. And exactly the same btu the other way around if I put fluxbox after gnome-session.

So I need a way to tell gnome to boot fluxbox instead of metacity. This was done with the gnome-wm script, but it also made gnome stop booting. So it did not solve my problem.


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