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brfransen, 05/06/2013 06:32 am

Alternate Window Managers

The default window manger for LinHES is fluxbox, but it also supports other window mangers.
To configure LinHES with a different window manager is provided.

Also included are preconfigured settings for enlightenment and WindowMaker
To install them run the command:
pacman -S alt_wm
When prompted for the group to install, press enter to install them all. WINDOWMANAGER STARTUP_STYLE

WINDOWMANAGER is the name of the window manger to use.

  • default, will continue to use fluxbox
  • enlightenment, will use enlightenment v16 with preconfigured settings.
  • windowmaker, will use wmaker with preconfigured settings
  • Any other value will be accepted, but there is no validation preformed to make sure it will work.


This is an optional parameter, if no value is given then “default” is used.
The major difference between the two is how MythTV and the window manager are started.

  • default, the session depends on the window manger and if MythTV closes it will NOT restart by itself.
  • Mythvantage, the session depends on MythTV and it will continue to restart Myth TV after it closes. When using the Mythvantage style it's possible to stop the MythTV loop be touching /tmp/nomfe.
    Additionally the Mythvantage style, introduces a new keyboard shortcut to a terminal. Pressing F3 will drop down a terminal that is persistent for the session. Pressing F3 again will hide it.