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Installing Fvwm-Nightshade
Required: Fvwm >= 2.6.6 (compiled with all features), python-xdg,
xterm, conky, xscreensaver, eterm, imagemagick, xwd,
stalonetray, wm-icons
Recommended: gnomes network manager, Volume Icon
Useful: fdpowermon, bluetooth-applet, pm-utils, LxApearance,
qtconfig for qt3, qtconfig for qt4, xneurs
1. Get latest Fvwm
a. from distribution if available
b. from Fvwm homepage
- open and download latest snapshot (use cvs instead
because fvwm-menu-desktop-config.fpl is missing - status: 11.2012)
- unpack it
c. from Fvwm CVS:
- Open
- Do the Initial Setup
- Checking Out Source Code:
$ cvs -d co -r branch-2_6 fvwm
2. Prepare environment
- follow instructions under
"Before you Begin" and install listed packages (don't forget 'rpm-build' ^^).
- next step "Where rpms will be created" and create ~/.rpmmacros file with
%_topdir /home/<your_user_home>/redhat
- read "Creating binary and source rpm packages" but wait ...
unfortunatelly rpm-dist doesn't work at the moment. You've to fix the following:
- rename bin/fvwm-menu-desktop-config.fpl into bin/
- add in after line 1766:
- it's mostly easier to do "3. Building the Tree" before installing packages because the
absent packages/dev-libs are in braces in the "no" lines at the end of the summary ;)
- deb: if X11/Intrinsic.h not found while make you need package libXt-dev, too.
- Arch: xsltproc is equivalent to libxslt. librplay not available but normally not needed.
3. Building the Tree:
- execute in the terminal
$ utils/
You can ignore "With GNOME libs support in FvwmGtk? no: Can't find working gnome-config"
because Fvwm wants Gtk+ Version 1 which is obsolete since ages and newer distributions
don't has it anymore.
4. Compile Fvwm:
- run
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr
- after that
$ make deb-inplace
- run
$ make rpm-dist
- build the package:
1. Create directory where you want to build the package and change to
$ mkdir -p /home/<your_user_name>/packages/fvwm
$ cd /home/<your_user_name>/packages/fvwm
2. Copy from arch/PKGBUILD_FVWM into the directory rename it to PKGBUILD and run
$ makepkg
3. enter password 'guest' for CVS login
4. Install Fvwm
- To install Fvwm you need root rights!
- The package is located under /home/[your_user_name]/redhat/RPMS/i386/
# rpm -ivh /home/<your_user_name>/redhat/RPMS/i386/fvwm-2.6.x-0.<date>.i386.rpm
- The package is created one level higher than the fvwm/fvwm-snapshot folder
# dpkg -i ../<path_to_fvwm/fvwm-snapshot>/fvwm-2.6.x-0.<date>.i386.deb
- The package is created in the previous generated directory. Run
# pacman -U fvwm-cvs-2.6.6-1-architecture.pkg.tar.xz
Installation of Fvwm-Nightshade
1. download package from
2. unpack it and switch into the expanded directory
Remark: don't use file-roller because the tool cannot handle unix rights in zip files
Use unzip instead.
3. There're different possibilities to install Fvwm-Nightshade
- General
Fvwm-Nightshade will be installed to /usr/local by default. So root
permissions are required. Run
# make install
If you want to install Fvwm-Nightshade to another directory you can
change the prefix:
# make prefix=<other_dir> install
If Fvwm is installed in another directory then /usr/share/fvwm you have
to told make where because there are some scripts which have to be installed
into Fvwm.
# make fvwm_path=<path_to_fvwm> install
- deb:
# make deb
A Debian package is created in the directory above. Install it with the two liner:
# dpkg -i fvwm-nightshade-<version>.deb
# apt-get -f install
- rpm:
Type in the terminal
# make rpm
A rpm package is created in /home/<your_user_name>/redhat/RPMS/noarch/. Install it with
# yum --nogpgcheck localinstall /home/<your_user_name>/redhat/RPMS/noarch/fvwm-nightshade_<version>_noarch.rpm
# yast -i /home/<your_user_name>/redhat/RPMS/noarch/fvwm-nightshade_<version>_noarch.rpm
For others (dependencies must installed before):
# rpm -ivh /home/<your_user_name>/redhat/RPMS/noarch/fvwm-nightshade_<version>_noarch.rpm
- Arch:
Type in the terminal
# make arch
The package is created in the directory above. Run as root
# pacman -U fvwm-nightshade-<version>-any.pkg.tar.xz
Now Fvwm-Nightshade is installed.
If you haven't a graphical login manager copy system/.xinitrc into your home directory
$ cp <system>/share/doc/fvwm-nightshade/xinitrc-example ~/.xinitrc
and start the xserver with
$ startx
change the base settings and enjoy.
If you have a graphical login manager there's now a new entry "Fvwm-Nightshade" in your sessions dialog.
Login, change the base settings and enjoy.
- General
To remove Fvwm-Nightshade expect ~/.fvwm-nightshade run as root
# make uninstall
If you have installed Fvwm-Nightshade to another directory you have to change the prefix:
# make prefix=<other_dir> install
Also, if Fvwm is installed in another directory then /usr/share/fvwm you have
to told make where Fvwm is located
# make fvwm_path=<path_to_fvwm> uninstall
- For all others use the package management system.
How to get the required packages
Some distributions haven't all packages in their main repositories. But you can get them
over some other ways.
To install a downloaded package use yast (as root) to solve package dependencies with
# yast -i <path_to_rpm_package>
To install a downloaded package use yum (as root) to solve package dependencies with
# yum --nogpgcheck localinstall <path_to_rpm_package>
Some package search sites:
Bugs and Wishes
If you have problems or suggestions send an email to
Thanks for installing Fvwm-Nightshade :-)
Your Fvwm-Nightshade team
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