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Re: Problems with clean install of fvwm

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On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 09:57:12AM -0600, Richard Owlett wrote:


> I just did "apt-get install xorg".
> Now typing "startx" at command line does give me a fvwm screen.

So fvwm is running already (more below)

> However typing "fvwm" at command line gives
> >[fvwm][main] <<ERROR>> can't open display

You are trying to start it off a console not "in" X? This won't
work -- fvwm needs (as every X application) to know which X server
to talk to. This is usually done via the DISPLAY environment
variable. So to start fvwm you would have either to start it
from "whithin" the X session (e.g. from an XTerm running in
there, or more typically from an X session init script) or
you'd have to provide the "display" address yourself.

The canonical way of doing that is that X invokes a session
init script (in your trusty debian somewhere /etc/X11/Xsession,
which collects bits and pieces in /etc/X11/Xsession.d -- therein
50x11-common_determine-startup should be doing the window manager
magic for you. So that's probably why X "does give me a fvwm
screen" above, if I got you correctly.

> What's still to be installed/configured?
> Would this be a bug against the fvwm package for not installing and
> configuring xorg?

All should be well (or I misunderstood you)

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