Bug#868334: wmaker: adequate tells wmaker fails to advertise itself as an alternative x-window manager

Andreas Metzler ametzler at bebt.de
Fri Jul 14 17:04:31 UTC 2017

Control: reassign -1 adequate
Control: retitle -1 false positive wmaker: missing-alternative x-window-manager

On 2017-07-14 Doug Torrance <dtorrance at piedmont.edu> wrote:
> On 07/14/2017 10:49 AM, shirish शिरीष wrote:
>> Dear Maintainer,
>> Thank you for maintaining wmaker. I was upgrading wmaker when noticed
>> this by adequate. Please fix this.

>> [$] adequate wmaker

>> wmaker: missing-alternative x-window-manager

>> Looking forward for the fix.

> Thanks for your report!

> As far as I can tell, Window Maker does properly register with
> update-alternatives.  For example, on my system:

> profzoom at cayke:~$ update-alternatives --list x-window-manager
> /usr/bin/wmaker
> I took a look at the code to adequate, and it appears that it double checks
> whether the path registered with update-alternatives is shipped in the
> corresponding binary package.

> However, /usr/bin/wmaker is actually a script which creates some directories
> and copies some files if needed before actually running the actual window
> manager (/usr/lib/WindowMaker/wmaker).  Since it's an
> architecture-independent script, it is shipped in the wmaker-common package,
> not the architecture-dependent wmaker package.

... and wmaker depends on wmaker-common. The alternative is managed by
the wmaker package. So afaict there is no bug on the wmaker side. If
(and only if) wmaker is installed, the alternative will be present (and

cu Andreas

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