Tech Notes And Miscellaneous Thoughts

Setting gnome-fallback as the default session

How to set gnome-fallback as the default session for gnome3 & gdm3.

The easiest way to do it in debian is to use update-alternatives to "install" a new alternative x-session-manager.

update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/x-session-manager x-session-manager \
/usr/bin/gnome-session-fallback 100 --slave /usr/share/man/man1/x-session-manager.1.gz \
x-session-manager.1.gz /usr/share/man/man1/gnome-session.1.gz

This gives gnome-session-fallback a much higher priority than gnome-session so is unlikely to be bumped by any other session managers that might get installed/upgraded

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