I'm using Lubuntu 14.10 and trying to change the default window manager to awesome.

I installed awesome with:

sudo apt-get install awesome

Per the awesome wiki, I tried editing the ~/.xinitrc file to have the contents:

exec awesome

But after logging out (and rebooting) this isn't working.

Isn't there an rc file somewhere that I can edit?

My current need is for the awesome wm, but I was hoping there was a general way of doing this for any window manager.

  • When you say "this isn't working", do you mean Openbox is still your WM? Have you modified lubuntu's autostart? Have you tried openbox --replace? Doesn't awesome show up as a choice at login? – DK Bose Jun 29 '15 at 1:22
  • Yes, "not working" means that Openbox is still the wm. I wasn't aware of an "autostart" feature that can be altered. Will google that tonight. – Jonathan.Brink Jun 29 '15 at 12:36
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    Well, if you have a relatively vanilla Lubuntu, you should see it by clicking on Lxpanel's menu and choosing Preferences > Default applications for LXSession. While I use Lubuntu 14.04.02 myself, I log in to the Openbox session (just Openbox) rather than into the Lubuntu session (LXDE + Openbox). – DK Bose Jun 29 '15 at 13:13
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    @DKBose thanks... "Default applications for LXSession" worked by entering "awesome" and logging out/back in – Jonathan.Brink Jun 29 '15 at 23:07

if You log out, after entering your login-name to log in again, you can chose the wm to use (probably right above your name, not sure because I do not use Lubuntu, but it is there somewhere). If you chose a wm that is not the default, you will get a notification asking you if you want to set it as your default and next time if you boot up your system you will have awesome.

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