[sclug] Change window manager on Gnome?

Andrew Nelis andrew.nelis at gmail.com
Fri May 21 17:01:44 UTC 2010

On 21 May 2010 17:15, David Given <dg at cowlark.com> wrote:
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> Does anyone know how to change window manager on Gnome? I want to use
> XFWM4 instead of Metacity (because of multiscreen bugs in Metacity).
> I've been scouring the intertubes and asking on forums etc and *nobody
> seems to know*.
> Gnome 2 doesn't use session files any more. The gconf key that used to
> specify the window manager doesn't work. Setting the WINDOW_MANAGER
> environment variable doesn't work.

For me, the key is /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/windowmanager

There's a line in /usr/bin/gnome-wm that goes:

WINDOW_MANAGER=`gconftool-2 --get
/desktop/gnome/session/required_components/windowmanager 2> /dev/null`



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