Bellcore MGR lightweight window manager on FreeBSD?

Greg Larkin glarkin at
Tue Nov 25 18:37:07 PST 2008

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Forrest Aldrich wrote:
> Does anyone remember the lightweight window manager called MGR, from
> Bellcore?
> I'm curious if anyone out there has gotten this to run on FreeBSD.   I
> used it on an older system, years ago, and it was pretty effective - and
> would be useful for low-res environments, etc.
> Thx...

Hi Forrest,

I hacked around with this for a little while this evening and managed to
get it compiled and installed.  After I started the mgr executable, I
saw the splash screen, and then the desktop appeared with a mouse
pointer on it.  Unfortunately, the mouse wouldn't move, and I couldn't
do anything else with the desktop.

It's possible that I didn't select the correct mouse configuration
during the build process.  Also /dev/mouse didn't exist, so I tried
symlinking it to /dev/sysmouse one time and /dev/cuad0 the second time.

There's some potential for getting a port together for MGR, assuming the
mouse problem can be resolved.  If you have any ideas about that, let me
know.  The MGR documentation states that it worked on FreeBSD 3.0 or
some quite old version.  FYI, I was testing this in a VMware virtual
machine running FreeBSD 7.0, in case it matters.

Greg Larkin
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