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    Default Re: Anyone know how to get the Awesome window manager installed?

    Thanks for the suggestion Taki, but I still have the same problem when trying to start awesome from the login screen, and if I do it after first logging in to XFCE and closing xfwm4 I still get the same error message as before ("awesome: symbol lookup error: awesome: undefined symbol: cairo_xcb_surface_create"). I've installed all the (64-bit) libcairo stuff that shows up in a zypper search.

    But as I said I think I would be quite happy if I could get either of awesome, wmii or scrotwm running from the login screen, so if anyone has any clever ideas on how to do that please do tell

  2. #12

    Default Re: Anyone know how to get the Awesome window manager installed?

    Okay so I might have solved it for wmii at least. I copied the already existing ~/.xinitrc.template to ~/.xinitrc, and added:
    Code:
    until wmii; do
        true
    done
    where the file says to add user code. This seems to allow me to launch wmii from the login screen, at least I haven't seen any funky behaviour so far. Even though I know neither why it works nor what it does, it at least lets me explore wmii properly

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    Default Re: Anyone know how to get the Awesome window manager installed?

    On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:46:02 +0530, Quantumboredom
    <Quantumboredom@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    > Thanks for the suggestion Taki, but I still have the same problem when
    > trying to start awesome from the login screen, and if I do it after
    > first logging in to XFCE and closing xfwm4 I still get the same error
    > message as before ("awesome: symbol lookup error: awesome: undefined
    > symbol: cairo_xcb_surface_create"). I've installed all the (64-bit)
    > libcairo stuff that shows up in a zypper search.



    good to know there's a repo in the same OBS project that's not compiled
    against tumbleweed; wasn't there when i installed my version, i believe.

    when i researched that error, quite some time earlier, via an awesome
    mailing list, i found that cairo had to be compiled with options slightly
    different from those used here (openSUSE) by default. that's why i not
    only installed those packages named awesome-*, but also switched cairo &
    related to that repo. from then on i could get awesome to run under
    openSUSE normally, i.e., from the login screen.

    that you (OP) have problems getting the login manager to work properly,
    without first killing this or that, seems like a different problem to me,
    not related to awesome or tiling WMs in general.

    --
    phani.

  4. #14

    Default Re: Anyone know how to get the Awesome window manager installed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taki View Post
    On 10/17/2011 01:46 PM, Quantumboredom wrote:
    >
    > I'm wondering if anyone is using and/or knows how to install 'Awesome'
    > (about - awesome window manager) on openSUSE 11.4? [...]


    I'm now using 'awesome' from:

    Index of /repositories/home:/saispo/openSUSE_11.4

    It's not an official repo, with all the warnings. As I recall, I had to
    install a few packages (apart from 'awesome' itself) from the repo, to
    get it going:

    awesome-opensuse
    awesome-shifty
    awesome-vicious
    libcairo* packages

    With these installed, I think you'll be fine.
    Just to finish off the thread for anyone else wanting awesome, using the above repository seems to work well for me too. I just had to switch the vendor for the libcairo* packages to that repository (using the zypper install --from command).

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