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Re: starting a window manager with xinitrc

From: Mark H Weaver
Subject: Re: starting a window manager with xinitrc
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:35:49 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.2 (gnu/linux)


Andrew Erlanger <address@hidden> writes:

> Hello, Guix users. I've managed to get GuixSD running and am enjoying it
> so far. To begin learning about the system, though, I am trying to set
> up a minimal environment, and am having some trouble figuring things out.
> Specifically, I use the Emacs X Window Manager (found at
>, usually called exwm. What I can't
> figure out is how to ``properly'' get exwm to be my primary window
> manager, and to start from the login manager. Usually setting up exwm is
> as simple as installing it from elpa, and then copying/linking the
> provided xinitrc to the user's home directory. But I can't figure out
> the equivalent method for GuixSD. Can someone point me in the right
> direction? Thank you.

If you create ~/.xsession, making sure that it has a proper shebang and
is executable, it will be run when you log into X, ignoring whatever
window manager selection was made within SLiM.  The last thing
~/.xsession should do is to run your window manager in the foreground.


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