This is a step by step to install rumai as the windows manager in gnome.
- install necessary packages
- Install a good build The Ubuntu wmii packages (karmic? and jaunty?) and even the current repo can be buggy. Download a solid build (hg2474) here or here. Unpack it, go into the src directory and sudo make install.
- modify some gnome settings
- have wmii fire up at login System -> Preferences -> Startup Applications Add an entry for /usr/bin/wmii
- get rumai make sure you have ruby and rubygems. Works great with ruby 1.9. (I'm using 1.9.1)
- grab a rumai config wmiirc To make it easy for beginners, my master branch work's out of the box:
On Lucid Lynx I needed to install these two packages also:
sudo apt-get install dwm-tools # for menus sudo apt-get install libixp libx11-dev # for the install itself (necessary??)
sudo apt-get install 9base libxft2-dev # plan 9 file system (need on 10.04)
gconftool-2 -s /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop --type bool false gconftool-2 -s /desktop/gnome/background/draw_background --type bool false ## Tell gnome to use wmii as the window manager gconftool-2 -s /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/windowmanager wmii --type string
Also make sure your rubygems are executable by adding something like this to your .bashrc:
gem install rumai
export PATH="$PATH:$HOME/.gem/ruby/`ruby -e 'print RUBY_VERSION'`/bin"
For more advanced possibilities, you'll want to start with sunaku's and then branch, etc.:
git clone git://github.com/jtprince/wmiirc.git ~/.wmii
Now make a soft link to the file this wmii will be looking in:
git clone git://github.com/sunaku/wmiirc.git ~/.wmii
Now logout and back in and it should work. This is pretty stable and works pretty well. If wmii crashes, restart in a terminal or from the panel (add a "run application") with the command "wmii" or "killall wmii && wmii".
ln -s ~/.wmii ~/.wmii-hg