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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for gnome-wm (redhat section 1)

GNOME(1)						      General Commands Manual							  GNOME(1)

gnome-wm - Launches the user selected window manager for the GNOME session

gnome-wm [--default-wm windowmanager] [--sm-client-id id]
The gnome-wm script invokes the user selected window manager. If the user has not chosen a window manager it will try to launch a GNOME compliant window manager. The user can overwrite the selection of a window manager by setting the WINDOW_MANAGER environment variable. If a --default-wm option is given the script uses that window manager in case WINDOW_MANAGER is not set. If gnome-wm is given as the argument to --default-wm then it is the same as if no default was given. The script takes the --sm-client-id argument and translates the id to an appropriate option depending on which window manager was selected.
The gnome-wm program uses the value of the WINDOW_MANAGER environment variable to let the user override the configured window manager.
The program stores the current selection of a window manager in the gconf key /desktop/gnome/applications/window_manager/default
If you find bugs in the gnome-wm program, please report these using bug-buddy or the gnome-bug script included with the GNOME libraries distribution. GNOME 1.0 GNOME(1)