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

    I'm wondering if anyone is using and/or knows how to install Awesome on openSUSE 11.4? The only "official-looking" repository that includes it seems to be x11:windowmanagers, but Awesome is not currently available. They also seem to only include the previous (more than two year old) version 2, not the current version 3.

    As usual there are quite a few other not-so-official-looking (yeah I don't understand the build service) repositories that also have it, but randomly trying them is not tempting (I tried one of them but it failed to log in, I just got dropped back to the login screen).

    So if anyone has any experience with how to get Awesome properly installed it would be greatly appreciated

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

    So what if you add in this openSUSE 11.4 repository without the quotes?

    "http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/windowmanagers/openSUSE_11.4/"
    Not sure what its actually called to be installed and you may have to log out, select session type (bottom left corner of login screen) and pick Awesome, like you would pick KDE or GNOME to switch back and forth. I suggest you read their documentation before proceeding on.

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

    On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 05:36:02 +0530, jdmcdaniel3
    <jdmcdaniel3@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

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    > So what if you add in this openSUSE 11.4 repository without the quotes?
    >
    >> "http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/windowmanagers/openSUSE_11.4/"

    >
    > Not sure what its actually called to be installed and you may have to
    > log out, select session type (bottom left corner of login screen) and
    > pick Awesome, like you would pick KDE or GNOME to switch back and forth.
    > I suggest you read their documentation before proceeding on.
    >


    that repo doesn't at present contain awesome. it used to, but then it
    didn't work properly and, as the OP wrote, it's a pretty old version of
    awesome.

    i'm using awesome from here:

    http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...SE_Tumbleweed/

    it has "tumbleweed" in it's name while i DO NOT run tumbleweed, but oS
    11.4 / 64bit. i was careful to only install awesome and it's cairo
    dependencies. (for awesome, cairo has to be compiled with different
    options than oS normally does). i also assigned lower priority (higher
    num. value) to the repo, and the rpm.s i'm using get updated while nothing
    else is affected.

    i'm aware this may lead to trouble eventually, but at the moment it works
    fine. wouldn't recommend it for people who're not comfortable solving
    dependency problems if & when they arise.

    --
    phani.

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

    Thanks for the suggestion phanisvara. I've tried to install awesome from that repository, but I'm getting the same problem as before. Basically my procedure is:

    Install using zypper install awesome.
    Reboot.
    Select awesome as the window manager at the login screen.
    After entering my password the screen flashes, and after a second or two I'm back at the login screen.

    This problem is the same when I try wmii or scrotwm from x11:windowmanagers too, so I haven't actually been able to get any tiling window manager to work with openSUSE .

    Any suggestions what might be wrong here, or anywhere I can look for more specific error messages? When I try logging in a screen quicly flashes, and the only error seems to be that mcelog failed to start, which is listed under "Failed services in runlevel 5".

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

    On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:16:03 +0530, Quantumboredom
    <Quantumboredom@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    > Thanks for the suggestion phanisvara. I've tried to install awesome from
    > that repository, but I'm getting the same problem as before. Basically
    > my procedure is:
    >
    > Install using zypper install awesome.
    > Reboot.
    > Select awesome as the window manager at the login screen.
    > After entering my password the screen flashes, and after a second or
    > two I'm back at the login screen.
    >
    > This problem is the same when I try wmii or scrotwm from
    > 'x11:windowmanagers'
    > (https://build.opensuse.org/project/s...windowmanagers)
    > too, so I haven't actually been able to get any tiling window manager to
    > work with openSUSE .
    >
    > Any suggestions what might be wrong here, or anywhere I can look for
    > more specific error messages? When I try logging in a screen quicly
    > flashes, and the only error seems to be that mcelog failed to start,
    > which is listed under "Failed services in runlevel 5".
    >


    no, unfortunately not. i've seen similar symptoms as you describe when X
    didn't work due to video driver problems, but i assume that your "normal"
    session, i.e., GNOME or KDE, works ok -- or does it?

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

    I don't have GNOME or KDE installed, but XFCE works fine.

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

    While in xfce and xfwm4 is running, run the command awesome --replace in the terminal
    If the xfwm4 is not changed to awesome, look for the error in the terminal.
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    Default Re: Anyone know how to get the Awesome window manager installed?

    Quote Originally Posted by conram View Post
    While in xfce and xfwm4 is running, run the command awesome --replace in the terminal
    If the xfwm4 is not changed to awesome, look for the error in the terminal.
    Neither awesome, wmii nor scrotwm seem to support the --replace option. They all simply complain that another window manager is already running.

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

    It turns out that if I first go to the "session and startup" settings of XFCE and change xfwm4's restart style to "never", then do "killall xfwm4" followed by either wmii or scrotwm then it works, but I then have kind of a ******* environment it seems, with the terminal I originally started wmii or scrotwm in having to stay open, and the XFCE desktop existing as a window as well. Awesome still does not run, the error is "awesome: symbol lookup error: awesome: undefined symbol: cairo_xcb_surface_create", but I'm really just interested in a good tiling window manager, so I suspect either wmii or scrotwm should work well enough.

    So does anyone have any idea why I have to launch wmii or scrotwm from XFCE? I would very much like for it to work by simply selecting wmii or scrotwm from the login screen.

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

    On 10/17/2011 01:46 PM, Quantumboredom wrote:
    >
    > I'm wondering if anyone is using and/or knows how to install 'Awesome'
    > (http://awesome.naquadah.org/) on openSUSE 11.4? [...]


    I'm now using 'awesome' from:

    http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...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.



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