Debian Bug report logs - #592853
dpkg: update-alternatives for x-window-manager doesn't change Window Manager

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Package: dpkg; Maintainer for dpkg is Dpkg Developers <debian-dpkg@lists.debian.org>; Source for dpkg is src:dpkg.

Reported by: Domenico Cufalo <cufalo@gmail.com>

Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:00:02 UTC

Severity: normal

Found in version dpkg/1.15.8.4

Done: Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org>

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Report forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, cufalo@gmail.com, Dpkg Developers <debian-dpkg@lists.debian.org>:
Bug#592853; Package dpkg. (Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:00:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Domenico Cufalo <cufalo@gmail.com>:
New Bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to cufalo@gmail.com, Dpkg Developers <debian-dpkg@lists.debian.org>. (Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:00:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #5 received at submit@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Domenico Cufalo <cufalo@gmail.com>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: dpkg: update-alternatives for x-window-manager doesn't change Window Manager
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:56:31 +0200
Package: dpkg
Version: 1.15.8.4
Severity: normal

I can confirm the same problem reported for Ubuntu here:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/577095

I tried with compiz, metacity and openbox.

Hi and thanks



-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (700, 'unstable'), (600, 'testing'), (550, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=it_IT.utf8, LC_CTYPE=it_IT.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages dpkg depends on:
ii  coreutils         8.5-1                  GNU core utilities
ii  libbz2-1.0        1.0.5-4                high-quality block-sorting file co
ii  libc6             2.11.2-2               Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libselinux1       2.0.96-1               SELinux runtime shared libraries
ii  xz-utils          4.999.9beta+20100713-1 XZ-format compression utilities
ii  zlib1g            1:1.2.3.4.dfsg-3       compression library - runtime

dpkg recommends no packages.

Versions of packages dpkg suggests:
ii  apt                           0.7.25.3   Advanced front-end for dpkg

-- no debconf information




Reply sent to Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org>:
You have taken responsibility. (Sat, 14 Aug 2010 11:51:07 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Notification sent to Domenico Cufalo <cufalo@gmail.com>:
Bug acknowledged by developer. (Sat, 14 Aug 2010 11:51:07 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #10 received at 592853-done@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org>
To: Domenico Cufalo <cufalo@gmail.com>, 592853-done@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#592853: dpkg: update-alternatives for x-window-manager doesn't change Window Manager
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2010 13:48:10 +0200
Hi,

On Fri, 13 Aug 2010, Domenico Cufalo wrote:
> Package: dpkg
> Version: 1.15.8.4
> Severity: normal
> 
> I can confirm the same problem reported for Ubuntu here:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/577095
> 
> I tried with compiz, metacity and openbox.

What make you think that this is an update-alternatives bug?

In fact, it's not a bug at all, the default Gnome session uses
/usr/bin/gnome-wm to start the window manager and not x-window-manager.

x-window-manager is only used as a last resort by that script.

The way to override the window manager is to create ~/.gnomerc like this:
export WINDOW_MANAGER=awesome

(I use awesome)

Cheers,
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