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    Ratpoison doesn't appear in GDM menu

    I'm running Karmic and have just installed ratpoison from apt-get which seemed to work ok but when I logout to try and run ratpoison it doesn't appear in the GDM options. Having looked for a solution I found out that Debian have changed how window managers work with the GDM and apparently I need to add /usr/share/xsessions/ratpoison.desktop with the following contents:-

    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Ratpoison
    Comment=This session logs you into Ratpoison
    Exec=/usr/bin/ratpoison
    TryExec=/usr/bin/ratpoison
    Icon=
    Type=Application
    X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=ratpoison-session
    This puts it into the options menu but when I try to login all I get is an Ubuntu splash screen with a working mouse pointer and then nothing, I cannot kill x with ctrl-alt-backspace and have to re-boot before I can do anything.

    I have also tryed variations on this such as "EXEC=ratpoison" and tryed it without the last line. I'm sure that i'm doing something wrong but can't figure out what so thanks in advance if any of you can figure it out.

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    Re: Ratpoison doesn't appear in GDM menu

    Sorry that was my stupidity the ratpoison.desktop file does work and does what it's supposed to do I had simply remembered the wrong key combo to bring up a terminal in ratpoison.

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    Smile Re: Ratpoison doesn't appear in GDM menu

    Thanks, worked! In 2012, no less.

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    Re: Ratpoison doesn't appear in GDM menu

    Quote Originally Posted by kensanata View Post
    Thanks, worked! In 2012, no less.
    Nice to know. The thread can now go back to sleep.
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