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choosewm - Select a window manager to be used.

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NAME

choosewm - Select a window manager to be used.

SYNOPSIS

choosewm [-f] [-p] [-t]
 
choosewm [-t] -c

DESCRIPTION

choosewm presents a window to let the user choose a window manager to start. By default it shows everything registered as window manager at the Debian menu system, but it allows global and local configuration to change that data.

OPTIONS

-c, --config
Allow the user to change the default. Beside telling choosewm to not start the chosen window manger, this mostly changes the text of some buttons and labels
-f, --force
Show the selection window unconditionally.
-p, --print
Do not start the window-manager, but print it to stdout.
-t, --text
Do not ask by opening an X11 window, but ask on the terminal. Needs a terminal as stdin. This is activated by default with -c and DISPLAY not set.

CONFIG FILES

After reading /var/lib/choosewm/windowmanagers, treating anything before a equal ( =) sign in a line a name and everything after that as window manager path, choosewm checks /etc/X11/choosewm/config and after that by default .choosewm/config in the user's $HOME-directory. Lines containing only spaces or starting with a # are ignored. Every other line may contain one of the following commands:
add: name=path
Add an additional window manager to the list. name will be shown in the list, path will be started.
 
This option is only useful to add something that should be only added to this list. If you installed a window manager by hand, please consider to register it in the Debian menu instead. That way all potent enough window managers will be able to offer switching to that window manager by menu.
remove: path
Do not list the window manager with path in the list to choose from.
default: defaultwindowmanagerpath
Use the window manager defaultwindowmanagerpath as default, when no last selection of the window manager is available.
userconf: filename
Read the user's config from $(HOME)/filename. If filename is -, no user config is read.
 
Default is .choosewm/config
dontaskfile: filename
Create the file $(HOME)/filename, if the user selected to not be asked about the window manger, and do not ask if this file is present. (Unless -f is command line argument.)
 
Default is .choosewm/dontask
lastdecisionfile: filename
Read the last decision from the file $(HOME)/filename, and save the decision of the user there.
 
Default is .choosewm/lastwm
inalias: oldold=newpath
If the last decision is oldpath, change it to newpath.
askalias: oldold=newpath
If the last decision is oldpath, change it to newpath and force showing of the selection window.
outalias: path=output
If the user has chosen path as window manager, write instead output to the file as new last decision.
sTAG: text
Are used to set strings to be shown to the user in labels, buttons or headers. The CONFIGTAG variants are used with -c.
 
The following are the currently definied Tags and their default values:
 
sCONFIGHEADER: Choose default Window Manager
 
sHEADER: Choose Window Manager
 
sCONFIGWELCOME: Please choose the default window manager and whether to reask at start time.
 
sWELCOME: Welcome, please select a Window manager to use.
 
sCONFIGASK: _Ask when starting
 
sASK: _Ask again at every login
 
sCONFIGSELECT: _Select
 
sSELECT: _Start
 
sCONFIGCANCEL: _Cancel
 
sCANCEL: _Log out
 

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

HOME
The current home directory of the current user.
DEFAULTWINDOWMANAGER
If no default is specified in the config files nor by the user's last choice, the content of this environment variable is tried before the path /etc/alternatives/x-window-manager is pointing to is tried.

FILES

/etc/X11/choosewm/config
Global config file read.
/var/lib/choosewm/windowmanagers
Default system window manager file.
/etc/alternatives/x-window-manager
Default link to compute a default.
$(HOME)/.choosewm/config
Default user config file.
$(HOME)/.choosewm/lastwm
Default file to store the users default.
$(HOME)/.choosewm/dontask
Default file to signal not asking when existant.

SEE ALSO

update-menus(1), xsession(1).

AUTHOR

choosewm was written by Bernhard R. Link <brlink@debian.org>.
This manual page was written by Bernhard R. Link.
2009-06-11 Debian Sid