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I am about to run sudo apt-get install dwm on ubuntu 12.04.

When I was on arch linux dwm was installed to a folder and recompiled in the folder when you made changes to it. (Edit settings). I am sure you understand how important it is to be able to recompile the files as its the only way to make changes to dwm as far as I know.

Where exactly is the folder with the files installed to? Figure I should find this out before installing DWM blindly!

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If you plan on compiling your own dwm, you should get the source package instead of the binary one.

sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get build-dep dwm
cd directory/to/save/source/in
apt-get source dwm   # note that sudo is not required here.

Then, make any changes you want and build a binary package with debuild.

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That's what synaptic says:

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