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Installing Fvwm-Nightshade
Required: Fvwm >= 2.6.5, python-2.7, python-xdg, xterm, conky,
xscreensaver, feh, imagemagick, librsvg2-bin, xwd,
stalonetray, cpufrequtils*, gksu/beesu
Recommended: gnomes network manager, Volume Icon
Useful: fdpowermon, blueman-applet, pm-utils, LxApearance,
qtconfig for qt3, qtconfig for qt4, xneurs
* unfortunatelly not usable in Arch at the moment. They have changed from
cpufrequtils to cpupower but it's not supported at the moment
-> see issue #40 in the bugtracker.
1. Get latest Fvwm
a. from distribution if available
b. from Fvwm homepage
- open and download latest release
- unpack it
c. from Fvwm CVS:
- Open
- Do the Initial Setup
- Checking Out Source Code:
$ cvs -d co -r branch-2_6 fvwm
If distribution package is not available (b and c)
1. 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 ;)
- if X11/Intrinsic.h not found while make you need package libXt-dev, too.
- xsltproc is equivalent to libxslt. librplay not available but normally not needed.
- next step: 4. Compile Fvwm
2. 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because Fvwm wants Gtk+ Version 1 which is obsolete since ages and newer distributions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.
3. 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 -s
3. enter password 'guest' for CVS login
2. Install Fvwm
- To install Fvwm you need root rights!
a. from distribution
use the package manager
b/c. from Fvwm homepage
- 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 folder
# dpkg -i ../<path_to_fvwm>/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. Switch into the unpacked directory
4. Now you have 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 you haven't installed a display-manager like GDM you can add the option
displaymanager=no to the make call:
# make install displaymanager=no
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
If you haven't root rights you can install Fvwm-Nightshade locally. All you
need is a directory e.g. ~/.local with write permissions. Also an entry in
your PATH variable in your .bashrc, .bash_profile or .profile like
Now you can install Fvwm-Nightshade with the following make call:
$ make prefix=~/.local install local=yes
Don't forget to install the required packages from the beginning of this document!
- 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
- Gentoo:
An additional overlay repository for custom ebuilds which are not in the official
Portage is needed. It will be set over the PORTDIR_OVERLAY variable in
/etc/portage/make.conf. The normal personal per-machine overlay is /usr/local/portage.
But another could used also.
The Fvwm-Nightshade ebuild has to be created from the template in gentoo/.
Also the dist package for the installation. This can done with one step.
Type in the terminal:
$ make gentoo-prepare
The make rule creates the dist package ../fvwm-nightshade-<version>.tar.gz and adds
the current version of the downloaded package to the ebuild name and saves it in
the current directory.
A sub directory 'fvwm-nightshade' in the category 'x11-themes' have to be created
(if you use the overlay /usr/local/portage you need root permissions!):
$|# mkdir -p <overlay_directory>/x11-themes/fvwm-nightshade
Copy the versioned fvwm-nightshade ebuild into your personal overlay repository:
$|# cp fvwm-nightshade-<version>.ebuild <overlay_directory>/x11-themes/fvwm-nightshade/
Copy the dist package as root to /usr/portage/disfiles:
# cp ../fvwm-nightshade-<version>.tar.gz /usr/portage/distfiles/
Create the manifest:
$|# ebuild --force <overlay_directory>/x11-themes/fvwm-nightshade/fvwm-nightshade-<version>.ebuild digest
Unmask the package with your system architecture -> ~x86 or ~amd64 :
# echo x11-themes/fvwm-nightshade ~x86 >> /etc/portage/package.keywords
Install Fvwm-Nightshade with
# emerge x11-themes/fvwm-nightshade
Perhaps you need some additional USEs. Emerge told you which. Echo them into /etc/portage/package.use:
# echo "<USEs>" >> /etc/portage/package.use
Emerge again.
Fvwm-Nightshade is installed. Congratulation!
If you haven't a graphical login manager copy xinitrc template into your home directory
$ cp <system>/share/doc/fvwm-nightshade/xinitrc-example ~/.xinitrc
or add the following line to your .xinitrc:
exec fvwm-nightshade
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.
If you have installed Fvwm-Nightshade locally and want to use a display-manager copy (with root rights)
fvwm-nightshade.desktop-example from the doc directory to /usr/share/xsessions:
# cp <system>/share/doc/fvwm-nightshade/fvwm-nightshade.desktop-example /usr/share/xsessions/fvwm-nightshade.desktop
- 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> uninstall
That applies for local installation without root rights, too.
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
Since 0.6.7 'make install' creates an install log. For previous versions which haven't this
file you must use
# make uninstall-alternative
It checks the default installation locations and try to uninstall all installed files. Maybe
some files won't found. Excuse the inconvenience.
- 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>
or, if you have zypper installed use (as root)
# zypper install <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>
To install a downloaded package use pacman (as root) to solve package dependencies with
# pacman -U <path_to_arch_package>
Some other 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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