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Re: x-window-manager alternative missing

On 2021-07-02 at 11:39, Greg Wooledge wrote:

> On Fri, Jul 02, 2021 at 11:14:22AM -0400, The Wanderer wrote:
>> What package, or packages, set(s) up the x-window-manager
>> alternative and define(s) symlinks for it?
> I take it from the content that I snipped that you're looking for a
> list of window managers, and not a technical explanation of how the
> alternatives system works.

Not exactly - I was looking for anything that would set up that symlink,
without necessarily assuming that every window-manager package would do
it separately. If they do, however, then yes, that list - or at least a
statement that "every window manager sets this up directly,
independently of all the others" - would be the answer I was looking

> For a list of x-window-managers, you can use:
> apt-cache showpkg x-window-manager
> Ignore everything up until "Reverse Provides:".  That's the part you
> want.

I actually got to the point of looking for this technique during my own
searching, but hadn't landed on it. Thanks for the pointer!

In the end, a conversation with someone else ended up leading me to the
conclusion that in fact what I hypothesized at the end of my previous
mail is correct: it was set up by some previous package, I adjusted it
to add the alternative for my locally-built but non-packaged WM, and
then the package that originally set it up got removed.

So I've just created it manually on the new machine, rather than dancing
around with installing and removing packages I don't actually intend to
use. It's up and running now.

   The Wanderer

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all
progress depends on the unreasonable man.         -- George Bernard Shaw

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