Rich Freeman on 18 Apr 2014 04:00:12 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] two window managers

On Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 6:36 AM, Casey Bralla <> wrote:
> According to this wiki post (, you
> enter "exec twm" to start it.  I"m not familiar with twm, so can't be sure.

That makes sense if you mean to put that line in your .xinitrc.  All
that does is replace the process executing the script with twm,
instead of calling it and terminating after it closes.  The only
difference is going to be a bit of RAM.

> Beware that you may have a completely null configuration file, which would lead
> to a blank screen like you are seeing.

Ah, I had assumed that twm would give you some kind of menu if you
click on the root window or something and that you didn't see this.
That does make sense - twm probably doesn't have any kind of launcher.
 You might want to put an xterm in your .xinitrc as well (BEFORE twm -
twm should be the last line in the file, and anything you launch
before it should have an & after it to put it in the background or twm
won't launch until the program exits).

When everything in the .xinitrc finishes running, X will shut down.
This is why you put the window manager last and you don't put it in
the background.  When the window manager exits, X will terminate.

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