Change window manager

Jason Ribeiro jason.ribeiro at
Thu Nov 9 18:08:59 UTC 2006

If you install fluxbox through the ubuntu repos it should create an
appropriate .desktop file in /usr/share/xsessions (I think this is the
correct path, I'm not on ubuntu at the moment).

If you've decided to compile it yourself for some reason, then you
have a few options.  One option would be to remove your compiled
version and use the ubuntu version.  The other would be to create the
.desktop file yourself.  If you want to create it yourself, you can
use the .desktop file in the ubuntu pakage as a reference.  I believe
the fluxbox FAQ may also have some tips on this.

On 11/9/06, Nancy Rudins <nrudins at> wrote:
> I tried the man pages and the wiki but I can't seem to find how
> to change window managers on the login screen.  I've installed
> fluxbox and I'd like to have it listed as a login option.
> I have the fluxbox directory in /etc/X11 and the startup
> script in /usr/share/xsessions/fluxbox.desktop.  I just
> can't seem to get anything but gnome.
> Sorry if this is a stupid question.
> Kind regards,
> Nancy
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