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Old 11-09-2003, 02:40 PM   #1
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Arrow How do you change the defult Window Manager?

Without using KDM XDM GDM.

The defult window manager when I type startx..


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Old 11-09-2003, 02:56 PM   #2
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you run 'pkgtool' from a root terminal, choose the option 'setup'& then choose the option 'xwmconfig'.
You may need to reboot rather than just log out & back in - i'm not sure but there's one way to find out ......
Hope this helps
Old 11-09-2003, 03:06 PM   #3
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or just edit your ~/.Xclients or /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients
just put

--windowmanager startup app--


and you don't have to reboot, just restart X
Old 11-09-2003, 03:09 PM   #4
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Another way..

I'm sure the suggested method works fine, but I find it simpler to create or edit ~/.xinitrc to have "exec [wm-binary-launcher]" as the last line. f.ex: "exec gnome-session". And then you can add other programs you want to automatically start up as well f.ex:

exec xterm&
exec galeon&
exec blackbox
Old 11-09-2003, 07:50 PM   #5
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The best and easiest way is to
1.type "su" and the password
2.type "cd /etc/X11/xinit"
3.type "cp xinitrc.kde xinitrc"

This will save xinitrc.kde as xinitrc and the next time you do startx you will start with kde. Simillar way for other window managers.
Old 11-09-2003, 08:25 PM   #6
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I'll venture a guess and say that xwmconfig is probably installed on your system. Run that, pick your choice,... done.


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