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{{i18n|Window_Maker}}
 
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Window Maker is a window manager (WM) for the X Window System. It is designed to emulate NeXT's GUI as an OpenStep-compatible environment and is characterized by low memory demands and high flexibility. As one of the lighter WMs it is well-suited for machines with modest performance specifications.
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Window Maker is a window manager (WM) for the X Window System. It is designed to emulate the NeXT user interface as an OpenStep-compatible environment, and is characterized by low memory demands and high flexibility. As one of the lighter WMs, it is well suited for machines with modest performance specifications.
  
 
= Installation =
 
= Installation =
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  pacman -S windowmaker
 
  pacman -S windowmaker
  
Once installed create or edit the file <code>$HOME/.xinitrc</code> as follows:
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Once installed create or edit the file {{filename|$HOME/.xinitrc}} as follows:
  
 
  exec ck-launch-session wmaker
 
  exec ck-launch-session wmaker
  
Before starting Window Maker, take some time to setup GNUstep and the default Window Maker settings. Create a directory for your Window Maker settings. Traditionally, it is in ~/GNUstep.
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Before starting Window Maker, take some time to setup GNUstep and the default Window Maker settings. Create a directory for your Window Maker settings. Traditionally, it is in {{filename|$HOME/GNUstep}}.
  
 
  makedir ~/GNUstep
 
  makedir ~/GNUstep
  
Set the GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT variable to your GNUstep settings directory. You can set this variable in a file such as .bashrc.
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Set the <code>GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT</code> variable to your GNUstep settings directory. You can set this variable in a file such as {{filename|$HOME/.bashrc}}.
  
 
  export GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT="~/GNUstep"
 
  export GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT="~/GNUstep"
  
Run the wmaker.init tool to setup the default settings.
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Run the {{filename|wmaker.init}} tool to setup the default settings.
  
 
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  startx
 
  startx
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= Configuration =
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All of the settings for Window Maker can be found in the <code>GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT</code> directory, under {{filename|Default}} and {{filename|Library}}. They are saved as simple text files. You can use the <code>Preferences Tool</code> ({{filename|wmprefs}}) GUI application to change the settings, or edit them by hand.
  
 
= Troubleshooting =
 
= Troubleshooting =

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Window Maker is a window manager (WM) for the X Window System. It is designed to emulate the NeXT user interface as an OpenStep-compatible environment, and is characterized by low memory demands and high flexibility. As one of the lighter WMs, it is well suited for machines with modest performance specifications.

Installation

To install Window Maker:

pacman -S windowmaker

Once installed create or edit the file Template:Filename as follows:

exec ck-launch-session wmaker

Before starting Window Maker, take some time to setup GNUstep and the default Window Maker settings. Create a directory for your Window Maker settings. Traditionally, it is in Template:Filename.

makedir ~/GNUstep

Set the GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT variable to your GNUstep settings directory. You can set this variable in a file such as Template:Filename.

export GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT="~/GNUstep"

Run the Template:Filename tool to setup the default settings.

wmaker.init

To start Window Maker:

startx

Configuration

All of the settings for Window Maker can be found in the GNUSTEP_USER_ROOT directory, under Template:Filename and Template:Filename. They are saved as simple text files. You can use the Preferences Tool (Template:Filename) GUI application to change the settings, or edit them by hand.

Troubleshooting

Applications don't always start

Sometimes an application, such as Firefox or Thunderbird, will start, and other times it will fail and no window will appear. If you experience this, the CRM Git version of Window Maker may solve the problem.

pacman -S windowmaker-crm-git

Although you can't have both versions of Window Maker installed at the same time, they both come with the same files, look and behave the same, use the same configuration files, and are started the same way.

Additional resources