Bug 60850 - Windowmaker selected, not started
Windowmaker selected, not started
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: switchdesk (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Havoc Pennington
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2002-03-07 16:43 EST by Gene Czarcinski
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:40 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-03-21 17:47:57 EST
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Description Gene Czarcinski 2002-03-07 16:43:17 EST
Description of Problem:
Selecting Window Maker on the gdm panel does not start windowmaker.  Instead,
sawfish and gnome are started.

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How Reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. freshh install gnome, kde and windowmaker
2. log on specifying windowmaker to gdm

Actual Results:
sawfish/gnome started

Expected Results:
Windowmaker started

Additional Information:

I believe that the reason that windowmaker is not started is that
/etc/X11/xdm/Xsession does not have a "Windowmaker" option.  This is likely
complicated by the fact that you really need to run "wmaker.inst" before
starting but even after running wmaker.inst and renaming .xinitrc, it will not

I realize that this will be complicated to implement but if it is a gdm session
option, then it should work.  Otherwise, the gdm session option should be deleted.
Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2002-03-07 17:10:29 EST
WindowMaker installs the gdm session I believe. It may be an xinitrc bug that 
the WindowMaker session doesn't work, though.
Comment 2 Gene Czarcinski 2002-03-18 12:47:09 EST
I have traced the bug to switchdesk.  The current set of the gdm and xinitrc
(/ext/X11/xdm/Xsession) packages use the parameter "wmaker" and NOT
"windowmaker" if Window Maker is selected by gdm.

The switchdesk package provides the file
/usr/share/apps/switchdesk/Xclients.windowmaker and this should be

This bug may need to be reassigned to another person.  I am not sure this is
done automatically when this update is made.
Comment 3 Phil Copeland 2002-03-18 14:43:43 EST
Catch!... (lobs bug)
Comment 4 Havoc Pennington 2002-03-18 18:45:08 EST
switchdesk 3.9.7-5 should contain a working fix.
Comment 5 Gene Czarcinski 2002-03-21 10:49:53 EST
I am reopening this because 3.9.7-5 is NOT in beta3 or in the rawhide trees on
either the ftp.redhat.com OR the ftp.beta.redhat.com servers.
Comment 6 Havoc Pennington 2002-03-21 17:47:53 EST
It's in the internal tree that gets periodically synced to rawhide.
It will be along.

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