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<h1>lwm FAQ</h1>

<h4>How Do I Compile lwm?</h4>
<p>lwm follows the usual X schema. After downloading, decompressing
and un-tar'ing the distribution, change into the new lwm directory
and type:</p>
<pre>
	xmkmf ; make
</pre>
<p>Assuming everything goes well, you'll have an lwm binary in your
current directory.</p>

<p>If you don't have Imake or if you don't have it correctly configured,
you can use the example Makefile as a start. It works as supplied on IRIX
systems, and possibly on Solaris too. The main problem you're likely to
have is if your X libraries aren't in the same directory as your other
libraries. Then you'll want to <tt>find / -name libX* -print</tt> to find
out where they're kept, and add that directory prefixed by <tt>-L</tt>
to the line that causes the linking. But try it the other way first!</p>

<h4>How Do I Start lwm?</h4>

<p>You need to kill your current window manager before you can start
lwm. On some systems, killing the window manager will log you out. In
that case you'll have to look at altering your xdm(1) configuration or
your xinitrc. Whatever, you might find <a
href=http://users.ch.genedata.com/~enh/programs.html#terminator>terminator</a>
a useful program.</p>

<p>On more sensible systems (only IRIX springs to mind, and some of the
other things it does mean it doesn't deserve the accolade "sensible")
you can just kill your current window manager and start lwm.</p>

<h4>How Do I Stop lwm?</h4>

<p>There is no way to exit lwm. I don't believe that you should need to
exit your window manager. You can kill it (and if you kill it gently it
will leave your machine in a sensible state) to start another window
manager. If you want to log out, you should end your session. How you
do this depends on how your system manages a session.</p>

<p>Under IRIX, you can type <tt>endsession -f</tt> (without the
<tt>-f</tt>, this acts like "Log Out" from the toolchest). With <a
href=http://users.ch.genedata.com/~enh/programs.html#terminator>terminator</a>
you can type <tt>terminator</tt> at a shell prompt or run it from your
favourite menu system.</p>

<p>An alternative would be "real" X session management, but I've never
tried that and have no idea how well lwm copes with it.</p>

<h4>How do I set my screen's background colour?</h4>

<p>The <tt>xsetroot</tt> command lets you set many of the root
window's parameters. To set the colour, you pick a colour name from
<tt>rgb.txt</tt> (or a book on writing HTML: the named colours used
in HTML are the X11 colours) and then execute:
<pre>
	xsetroot -solid <i>colourname</i>
</pre>
<p>The colour <tt>lightskyblue4</tt> is a nice one, as is
<tt>darkslategrey</tt>.

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