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♫ “Back That Thang Up” by Rick Lawson
I wanted to try out a different window manager (or three), but ran into problems. This is on 12.04.5 32bit on an Asus Eee PC 1000HE (1). I’ve never changed a window manager before.
Menu>Preferences>Desktop Session Settings/“Advanced Options”seems to not work, or I’m using it wrong somehow.
desktop.configfiles, which worked for fluxbox but caused breakage with i3 and pekwm.
I went to
Menu>Preferences>Desktop Session Settings/“Advanced Options” and replaced “openbox-lxde” with the package name of the window manager I wanted to try, but when I logged out and back in, LXLE still used openbox.
I found an old LXDE thread where the poster had the same problem. They figured out this:
I got two folders in .config/lxsession, each containing a desktop.config file. One folder called LXDE, where in desktop.config already compiz was defined as window manager (probably again because of desktop session settings) and one called Lubuntu, where still Openbox was selected. Changed the second one to Compiz, now everything is working as it should.
So I looked in ~/.config/lxsession and found those 2 folders plus some for the LXLE paradigms. I checked desktop.config in both Lubuntu and LXDE (I assume one of them is for the XP paradigm, which is the one I modified, since there isn’t a separate folder for it), and the one in LXDE only had this in it:
(actually I found something else at first, but that’s maybe a side issue)
Nervously, I went into the Lubuntu folder’s desktop.config and changed “windows_manager/command=openbox” to “windows_manager/command=fluxbox”, logged out & back in, and — it worked!
But neither pekwm nor i3 worked. Windows had no title bar or buttons (i3 doesn’t have buttons anyway, but pekwm is supposed to); clicking windows did not raise or focus them; windows didn’t show up in the taskbar; and I had to close PCManFM to type in Gedit. With i3 the windows all floated, so I think LXLE didn’t use either pekwm or i3 when I told it to, and maybe I was seeing some kind of bad openbox fallback?
If anyone can help me solve these mysteries, I would greatly appreciate it :)