[clug] Windows managers
freegazer at gmail.com
Fri May 19 09:45:33 GMT 2006
On 5/19/06, Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog at svana.org> wrote:
> On Fri, May 19, 2006 at 02:46:36PM +1000, Adrian Blake wrote:
> > I have a mandrake 2006 installation. All the booting processes work
> > The logon screen asks for username & password. There is no choice for
> > alternative windows managers like Gnome over the installed KDE although
> > am sure I installed gnome. I also want to install an alternative
> > Any suggestion as to where to start looking?
> The usual method is to create an .xsession file in your home directory.
> This is run as soon as your X session starts. After the usual stuff
> (setup environment variables, turning off the beeps, setting typematic
> rate) you do:
> exec <wm of choice>
> Whether this still works in environments like Gnome and KDE, I don't
> Have a nice day,
> Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog at svana.org> http://svana.org/kleptog/
> > From each according to his ability. To each according to his ability to
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> extracted from a Mandriva PC's /etc/X11/prefdm executable file and
> important notes added with !! markers
> # we have to assume that /etc/sysconfig/desktop has two variables, DESKTOP
> # and DISPLAYMANAGER because administors may prefer a specific DM
> # of desktops.
> !! Not all installs will have this file, but it can be made
> from scratch !!
> # DISPLAYMANAGER is referenced by this script, and DESKTOP is referenced
> # as system-wide default by /etc/X11/Xsession script only when X-session
> # is opened by "startx" command.
> !! so if you start x manually you need to edit this file and as
> mentioned above you could use a ~/.Xsession instead
> # when DMs open an X-session, they send DESKTOP, which is in this case
> # directly selected by users, as a commandline argument of
> # actually Xsession script is only able to know by existance of its first
> # argument whether it is called by DM or "startx". see the logic
> # in /etc/X11/Xsession.
> # If DISPLAYMANAGER is not defined, then assume that it is the same as
Also as just a general note it seems you might be dropping into Xdm instead
it might be worth checking if your install setup kdm/gdm for you at all with
the package mdkkdm (default manager) (rpm -q or similar)
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