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icewm-session - X.Org session manager provider with IceWM


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icewm-session is an implementation of X.Org session manager and can be run from X11 session setup. It runs icewm as default window manager and handles the startup and life cycle control of the WM and all related support applications.





On startup icewm-session executes the following steps. From the file env in the configuration directory it loads additional environment variables, if that file exists. Then it will start icewmbg to manage root background colors and images. It may also start icesound, if this was enabled at configuration time. Then icewm is started.

If there exists an executable script startup in the configuration directory, it will be executed. It may contain commands to initialize X11 settings with xset, load keyboard configuration, start a compositing manager like compton and load system tray applications.

When icewm exits or is told to exit, icewm-session will execute a shutdown script, if it exists in the configuration directory. When this finishes, icewm-session will terminate icewm, icewmbg and icesound. Finally icewm-session will exit.

If the icewm process crashes then icewm-session will attempt to restart it. If two such crashes occur in a short period, then icewm-session will attempt to popup a dialog using either xmessage, kdialog or zenity. This dialog asks if the user wishes to continue restarting icewm or abort execution of icewm-session.


icewm(1), icewm-env(5), icewm-shutdown(5), icewm-startup(5), icewmbg(1).


icewm-session had no known bugs at the time of release. Please report bugs for current versions to the source code repository at Github.


Brian Bidulock.

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