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ubuntu:ratpoison [2011/09/02 11:24]
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 The "easy way" is to use the Synaptic package manager. As of today (2 September 2011) the current version for Ubuntu 10.10 is 1.4.5-2. The problem with the easy way is that after the installation, ratpoison is not an option in the login screen of Gnome. The reason seems to be a file that is not installed in '/usr/share/xsessions/' with the initial configuration settings for a desktop. The "easy way" is to use the Synaptic package manager. As of today (2 September 2011) the current version for Ubuntu 10.10 is 1.4.5-2. The problem with the easy way is that after the installation, ratpoison is not an option in the login screen of Gnome. The reason seems to be a file that is not installed in '/usr/share/xsessions/' with the initial configuration settings for a desktop.
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 +For instance, gnome (on my system) has this configuration file
 +
 +  cat /usr/share/xsessions/gnome.desktop
 +  [Desktop Entry]
 +  Name=Ubuntu Desktop Edition
 +  Comment=This session logs you into GNOME
 +  Exec=gnome-session
 +  TryExec=gnome-session
 +  Icon=
 +  Type=Application
 +  X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=gnome-session-2.0
 +
 +One such file for ratpoison found (at [[http://www.gentoo-wiki.info/Ratpoison|Gentoo Wiki archives]]) looks like this:
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 +  cat /usr/share/xsessions/ratpoison.desktop
 +  [Desktop Entry]
 +  Type=Application
 +  Version=1.3.3.7
 +  Encoding=UTF-8
 +  Name=RatPoison
 +  Comment=Minimalistic Window Manager
 +  Exec=ratpoison
 +  
 +The one I ended up installing, and works (though I make no claims that it is the *right* way to configure), is
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 +  $ cat ratpoison.desktop
 +  [Desktop Entry]
 +  Encoding=UTF-8
 +  Name=Ratpoison
 +  Comment=Start Ratpoison as your window manager
 +  Exec=ratpoison
 +  Icon=
 +  Type=Application
 +
 +==== starting ====
 +
 +As per instructions seen somewhere and promptly forgotten because the information is so obvious once one knows the answer, the way I start ratpoison is the easy way. It is certainly possible to do otherwise, switching window manager without restarting everything, but I'll have to find out how before //sharing//. Maybe killing or halting gnome, then starting ratpoison, but need one also restart X11? Later.
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 +Easy way: restart the session and, on the (Gnome) Ubuntu login screen, locate a little fly-up menu in the gray bar at the screen bottom with proposed window managers: choose ratpoison, then log in.
 +
 +==== stopping ====
 +
 +
 +===== Custom configuration =====
 +
 +According to the ratpoison documentation, it is possible -- for those with way too much time on their hands and very special needs or desires -- to customize ratpoison. I suppose, and intend to investigate soon, that maybe I can replace the standard invocation prefix ''C-t'' by something requiring less stretching. For instance, why not use the ''menu'' key often nestled between the ''Ctrl'' and ''Alt'' keys?
 +FIXME : figure out how to do this.
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