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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

The latest official release can be found in the windowmaker package. Since the official release is quite old, another package with many bug fixes and small updates has been made, called windowmaker-crm-git. [1]

To install Window Maker:

pacman -S windowmaker-crm-git

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 Window Maker settings installation program to setup the default settings.

wmaker.inst

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.

Configuring GNUstep

You can configure GNUstep by using the defaults command. [2]

To use the current Freedesktop.org icon theme:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain GSUseFreedesktop YES

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 are using the regular windowmaker, try using the windowmaker-crm-git package instead.

Additional resources