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Old 11-01-2003, 11:59 AM   #1
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New Window Manager


Newbie running Red Hat 9.0.

A friend at work recomended Afterstep (available at windows manager. (is this like Gnome?) I installed it and it seems fine but now when i try to launch it, I get a message that tells me that a windows manager is already running.

I think that I need to tell xwindows to use afterdark but I am not sure. Anyone have any ideas what file xwindows looks at for determining the windows manager?

Please submit your ideas!
Old 11-01-2003, 12:20 PM   #2
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If you're using a graphical login screen like GDM or KDM, newly installed window managers should auomatically become available in the list of window managers when you login. Sometimes they don't; I know that GDM keeps several files in /etc/X11/gdm/Sessions which are scripts to run the various window managers.

If you are starting X from the command-line with 'startx', it's easy though: edit a file called .xinitrc (note the dot) in your home directory. Add to the end of it:

exec afterstep

If there's already an 'exec' statement in your .xinitrc, just change it to this. Then 'startx' and everything ought to work!
Old 11-01-2003, 12:28 PM   #3
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I *highly* recommend that you use WindowMaker instead of Afterstep, there are numerous enhancements. Trust me.



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