Re: The gnome-wm script - solution of the WM problem

On 23 Mar 1999, Martin Baulig wrote:
> Hello hackers,
> just found the hopeful solution of the WM problem:
> * gnome-core defaults to `gnome-wm' which is a shell
>   script if the --with-windowmanager parameter was not given
> * This script checks whether the user set a WINDOW_MANAGER environment
>   variable and - it this is the case, start that windowmanager.
> * If not, it will look which WMs are installed and choose a good one
>   (enlightenment, icewm, windowmaker, fvwm2, fvwm, xterm)
> * It will write the name of the started WM into ~/.gnome/default.wm
>   and the wm-properties-capplets will look there first to find out
>   which WM is running.
> For the Gnome FAQ:
> Q: How do I start GNOME ?
> A: Put this into your ~/.xsession
> 	export WINDOW_MANAGER=<whatever_WM_you_like>
> 	gnome-session

A few questions:

* Is this feature new, or will this work with people running 
  gnome-core-1.0.3 and earlier?

* Is there a WINDOW_MANAGER setting for the few, the insane, the people
  who aren't running ANY window manager?  (or who have some obscure reason
  for having gnome-session ignore the window manager issue)

* Is it safe to assume that this will also work if in an ~/.xinitrc or an
  ~/.Xclients, or is there something special about ~/.xsession and session


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