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What prevents the Awesome WM to be available in the official fedora repos?

asked 2011-11-09 11:08:08 -0500

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updated 2014-09-28 12:36:32 -0500

mether gravatar image

Awesome WM ( is very nice, lightweight and efficient alternative to another window managers. Unfortunately, I haven't seen it in any official Fedora repo, which makes it quite harder to install it (although it's possible).

So my question is what's the particular reason that it's not there and what change would allow the change of current state?

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answered 2011-11-09 11:19:17 -0500

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updated 2011-11-18 03:36:08 -0500

Awesome uses the Cairo xcb backend which is considered experimental and buggy by upstream. Until there is a xcb backend maintainer who is willing to resolve issues, that backend won't be enabled by default in Fedora. As long as Awesome window manager relies on the experimental backend, it won't be in the default Fedora repository either.

However a Fedora repository for awesome is available for users who want to use it.

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yeah. copy pasting from new versions of browsers, sometimes hide the http link and make it hard to copy paste unless you visit the link first. fixed

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2011-11-18 03:36:59 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-06-13 14:48:48 -0500

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Awesome has passed Fedora packaging process, and it will be available in Rawhide and then in Fedora 18 repos...

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At the risk of hijacking the thread, I have to ask: Is this why awesome-wm is not available on RHEL? RHEL7, in particular.

ILMostro gravatar imageILMostro ( 2015-12-23 01:21:38 -0500 )edit

answered 2011-11-09 11:22:02 -0500

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Work in progress : The application is in a review state of packaging (

But maybe an additional maintainer (you ?) could help :-).

Or, you can try to ask on IRC or on mailling lists (Fedora-devel) if someone can help with the review.

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