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Setting Up Bash and Fvwm

For Unix X-Window

This document gives directions for setting up the Bash shell and fvwm, a Unix window manger for X-window. First, determine which shell you are using by giving the command:

echo $SHELL

Be careful to use lower case for the first word and upper case for the second word. Put a space between the verb (echo) and the object $SHELL. The response will be one of the following three:


showing that you are using the csh, the tcsh, or the Bash shell. If you are not using the Bash shell, follow the directions here to change your shell. Then continue from here.

You are going to copy two setup files, setup.bash and setup.fvwm, from the class directory and them execute them.
To copy the Bash files from the class account, give the following commands:

a=~es421/class   (define shorter symbol a)
echo $a
  (check the definition of a
cp $a/setup.bash .
  (copy setup file and don't forget the dot at the end)
chmod +x setup.bash
  (make it executable)
  (copy the files)

To set up the fvwm window manager, give the following commands.

cp $a/setup.fvwm .   (copy setup file and don't forget the dot at the end)
chmod +x setup.fvwm
  (make it executable)
  (copy the files)
chmod +x .xinitrc
  (make it executable)
mv .xsession .xsession.orig   (disable .xsession)

Log out and then log back in again. The new X-Window manager should start up and give you several applications including two xterm windows. Notice that there are six virtual screens shown in the scanner at the lower-right corner of the screen.

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