[xmonad] xmonad as a stand-alone?

Christopher Svanefalk christopher.svanefalk at gmail.com
Mon Sep 19 22:44:50 CEST 2011

(Brent, sorry for initially sending this to your private mail instead of the
list, my mistake!)

Thanks to both of you for the kind replies!

Alright, having learnt a bit more about the system, I was thinking this: I
could just run the standard GDM (long history, low dependencies), and then
run xmonad through it. However, I need to resolve how to get the system to
automatically run GDM after booting? Is there a config file I can hack to
accomplish this?

Thanks in advance!

On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM, Brent Yorgey <byorgey at seas.upenn.edu>wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 10:50:17AM +0200, Christopher Svanefalk wrote:
> > Dear all,
> >
> > I am rather new to "manually" setting up a desktop environment, so please
> > bear with me.
> >
> > I would like to be able to boot my system straight into xmonad, without
> > having to have any particular desktop environment installed. Currently, I
> > run LXDE and am able to choose xmonad as my wm, but LXDE is of course
> still
> > present, and I would like to be rid of it. My goal is a "clean system"
> based
> > only around xmonad and any other packages I need to get it running.
> >
> > How could I accomplish this? What config files would I have to fiddle
> with
> > to get it running, and what other packages would I need apart from
> > xmonad?
> This is what I do.  I just run xmonad from my ~/.xinitrc which is run
> by X on startup.  I do not have a display manager running; when my
> computer boots up it just drops me into a shell prompt, and from there I
> type 'startx' which starts X and xmonad.  Using a display manager so you
> boot directly into xmonad is not too hard either.
> -Brent
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