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Old 01-11-2004, 08:39 PM   #1
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adding a window manager, using runlevel 3

i belive i am using runlevel 3 when i start up slackware (the black text screen, right?) so my question is how do i add a window manager to the "xwmconfig" dialog so that i can find it there (im trying to add this neat lookign amiga window manager (from tucows), but while the install directions tell how to ./configure and make &etc, it doesn't say how to boot with it
and while "exec amiwm" would work, i want it in that little menu. is this possible, or should i just switch it to start in runlevel 5 with gdm?
i'd rather not start slack up in runlevel 5 (just because i think booting to a text console is cool)
thank you
Old 01-11-2004, 09:09 PM   #2
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I think you can monkey with the contents of /etc/X11/xinit or the 'xwmconfig' script itself, but I'd just edit ~/.xinitrc to run it. You could try adding an /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.amiwm and then maybe it would pick up automatically. Looks like there's actually only a set number of window managers that will be picked up, though, so you'd have to add sections for amiwm.

And Slack's GUI is actually 4 but I agree - stick with 3.
Old 01-13-2004, 06:04 AM   #3
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You'll need to create an xinitrc.amiwm and then edit the xwmconfig script so that it shows up in the choices. Very good to keep booting to runlevel 3, because it's so UNcool to get stuck in a loop if you have problems with X. If you ever decide to use runlevel 4 be sure to have a rescue disk or someway to boot and edit /etc/inittab.
Old 01-16-2004, 10:35 AM   #4
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i agree with the last comment. i was using runlevel 4, messed up my XFConfig file, and had to go scrounging for a bootdisk. 12 minutes later i was back up, but i gotta tell you, i had about 4 heart attacks!


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