Joes Window Manager
Basic config of Light-Weight Window Manager on Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS Server install.
NOTES: As 'root' user
1. Install xorg (X Window System) and jwm (Window Manager)
"apt-get install xorg jwm mc" - make sure xorg is installed FIRST - installing jwm first then xorg does NOT work :-)
'mc' is 'Midnight Commander' - a very useful text-based file manager.
2. If you run "startx" now, you will get a cursor and a locked machine - at least I did
This is due to no config file being found.
The location for the system-wide config file was not created for me so:
3. Locate the jwmrc config file - this tells jwm and xorg how everything is set up - if xorg? cannot find this config file, you get the above result
I found a default one here:
Note the '*.gz' on the end - this indicates it is compressed, and needs uncompressing first.
4. Copy the config file to '/tmp' (a place where we can do temporary file operations where we can't screw any system settings up)
"cp /usr/share/doc/jwm/examples/example.jwmrc.gz /tmp"
5. Move to '/tmp' directory
Do a "ls" to make sure you see the above *jwmrc.gz file is present - if not something is wrong.
6. Uncompress the config file
"gunzip /tmp/example.jwmrc.gz" - this should leave a 'example.jwmrc' file in the '/tmp' directory - do another 'ls' to make sure.
7. Copy the config file to the correct location AND rename it at the same time
"cp /tmp/example.jwmrc /etc/jwmrc"
8. Check to make sure the file is in the right place '/etc/jwm' and is named correctly 'jwmrc'
9. Fire up xwindows/xorg to see if it works
Hopefully you boot into a very minmal window manager with at least a menu you can click on :-)
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