Fedora Linux Support Community & Resources Center
Old 16th June 2005, 07:54 PM
plutek Offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5
setting default window manager [FC3]


i am at a loss as to how to set a default window manager, when it is not one of the switchdesk choices.

i have installed ion3 as follows:
download source
make install
write a "desktop" file (/usr/share/xsessions/ion3.desktop)

now it shows up in the "sessions" menus of the login screen, and operates properly when chosen there, but does not show up in switchdesk to be chosen as default. i remember that on FC1, i could put it in a ~/.Xclients-default file and that made it default.... but that doesn't seem to work on FC3.

any hints?

thanks very much.

Reply With Quote
Old 17th June 2005, 05:34 AM
jtang613 Offline
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 1,931
Try adding an entry to the /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession file. Copy the 'Gnome' entry.

Check out this text explaining how to configure the 'Entrance' login manager for Enlightenment, it has a few useful insights that might help. http://sps.nus.edu.sg/~didierbe/shar...p_entrance.txt

There is no 'CTRL' button on Chuck Norris's computer. Chuck Norris is always in control.
Reply With Quote
Old 17th June 2005, 05:38 AM
dnar Offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: /dev/null
Age: 54
Posts: 477
Your thread title says "window manager" not desktop manager, I am assuming this is what you mean.

You kill your current window manager and immediately launch a replacement, then exit saving your session. For example, your running Metacity now, you want to use XFce's window manager:

killall metacity; xfwm

If your meant "How do I change my desktop manager" then use the Gnome desktop switcher tool, available on the Gnome menu tree.
Registered Linux User #212818. Ctl-Alt-What?
Reply With Quote
Old 17th June 2005, 01:49 PM
plutek Offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 5
thanks for your responses.

i've just had success by adding a few lines to /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients, in the section at the beginning where it's determing the preferred desktop, so it now looks like:
if [ -f /etc/sysconfig/desktop ]; then
    . /etc/sysconfig/desktop
    if [ "$DESKTOP" = "GNOME" ]; then
    elif [ "$DESKTOP" = "KDE" ]; then
    elif [ "$DESKTOP" = "ion3" ]; then

...and then also changing /etc/sysconfig/desktop to:
yes, ion3 is a window manager, not a desktop manager.... i don't use a desktop manager, but that seems to be immaterial to this method.

Reply With Quote

default, fc3, manager, setting, window

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Setting Default Window Manager BNiels707 Using Fedora 0 12th July 2007 03:04 AM
set a window manager for default InKo Using Fedora 3 27th August 2006 04:13 PM
Default window manager? Epistax Using Fedora 4 20th January 2005 05:02 PM
how do you set the default window manager in fc3? benv84 Using Fedora 2 22nd December 2004 05:54 AM
Window manager, set gnome as default owakroeger Installation, Upgrades and Live Media 4 16th August 2004 12:09 PM

Current GMT-time: 09:01 (Friday, 18-08-2017)

TopSubscribe to XML RSS for all Threads in all ForumsFedoraForumDotOrg Archive

All trademarks, and forum posts in this site are property of their respective owner(s).
FedoraForum.org is privately owned and is not directly sponsored by the Fedora Project or Red Hat, Inc.

Privacy Policy | Term of Use | Posting Guidelines | Archive | Contact Us | Founding Members

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2012, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

FedoraForum is Powered by RedHat