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The Karmen Window Manager

                         Johan Veenhuizen
  1. Introduction

Karmen is an easy-to-use window manager for X. It is designed to "just work". There is no configuration file and no library dependencies except Xlib. Window selection is done in click-to-focus style. Karmen aims at ICCCM compliance.

The latest version can be downloaded from the homepage:

Karmen is released under the GNU General Public License, version 2. See the file COPYING in the root directory of the distribution for the entire license.

User visible changes since old versions are documented in the NEWS file.

2. Normal Build Instructions

Karmen uses the GNU Autotools build framework. Read the INSTALL file in the root directory of the distribution for more details and options. In most cases, you can just type:

        $ ./configure
        $ make
        $ make install

This will install the program and manual page under /usr/local.

3. Reporting Bugs

If you find a bug or have suggestions for future versions of Karmen, there are two ways to contact me. Either send email directly to <>, or (preferrably) submit a bug report or feature request at the Sourceforge project homepage:

4. Subversion Repository Access

To check out the current development version of Karmen, make sure you have the Subversion client installed and type the command:

$ svn co karmen

This will put the latest development version of Karmen in the directory named "karmen". In order to build Karmen from these sources, you must first bootstrap the Autotools. This means you must have GNU Autoconf and Automake installed on your system. In the root directory of the distribution, type the command:

$ autoreconf -i

Now the build tools are setup, and you can configure and build Karmen as described in the section 2.

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