Changing WM in Gnome

albi at albi at
Thu May 12 00:53:11 UTC 2005

On Wed, 11 May 2005 20:38:27 -0400
Todd Slater <dontodd at> wrote:

> I'd like to use XFwm4 instead of metacity for WM in Gnome, but I can't
> figure out how to switch. I tried "killall metacity; xfwm4" but
> metacity seems to come back to life.

looks like /usr/bin/gnome-wm (a shell-script) has the answer :

# The user can specify his prefered WM by setting the WINDOW_MANAGER
# environment variable or setting the
# /desktop/gnome/applications/window_manager/default gconf key.

so, try :
export WINDOW_MANAGER=xfwm4

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