x-session-manager overrides x-window-manager
I have an old 166 MHz PC at home. It's got only 50 MB RAM so only certain
software runs with usable speed. It's running debian potato, which I am
slowly updating to woody.
I have settled on icewm as a nice efficient window manager.
But kde keeps overriding my choice of window manager.
Here's the details:
chooses which window manager to launch, e.g. after a user logs in from
It says that /etc/alternatives/x-session-manager has higher priority than
Now if I have kde and icewm installed, /etc/alternatives sets kde as the
default session manager, and icewm as the default window manager. So kde
gets run from xdm by default.
To override this, I run:
sudo update-alternatives --remove x-session-manager /usr/bin/kde2
However, sometimes when I upgrade software, the alternatives system seems
to relink kde as the session manager. I don't upgrade that machine very
often, so each time it happens I have to retrace my setsp and remember how
to reset it back to icewm.
Any tips for how to avoid kde permanently? Apart from uninstalling kde of
course - I want the option to run kde apps now and then.