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Old 02-02-2004, 09:15 AM   #1
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Can someone help me install XFce?


Ive installed the Mandrake 9.1 RPM's, the first 4 that are on the list here, but when I boot, I cant select XFce from the menu of desktops. Did I do something wrong, because the RPM's went in just fine with no errors. Is it possible that I missed something that I needed as well?
 
Old 02-02-2004, 01:08 PM   #2
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Hi.

You may need to launch xfce from the command line.

Log in to kde or Gnome or whatever, get a terminal up, and type in

#telinit 3

Then log out.

You should be in a terminal session.

Then type

#startxfce4

and that should be it.

Dave
 
Old 02-02-2004, 01:12 PM   #3
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Re: Can someone help me install XFce?

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Originally posted by Kramer
Ive installed the Mandrake 9.1 RPM's, the first 4 that are on the list here, but when I boot, I cant select XFce from the menu of desktops. Did I do something wrong, because the RPM's went in just fine with no errors. Is it possible that I missed something that I needed as well?
Of if you provide what GUI login manager your using like GDM or KDM, etc, someone might be able to tell you how to add XFce to your selection to start from, etc.

Cheers.
 
Old 02-02-2004, 02:42 PM   #4
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Re: Re: Can someone help me install XFce?

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Of if you provide what GUI login manager your using like GDM or KDM, etc, someone might be able to tell you how to add XFce to your selection to start from, etc.

Cheers.
How can I tell which login manager Im using? It always logs me into KDE by default.
 
Old 02-02-2004, 07:13 PM   #5
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Ok, I tried installing via the instructions that are on the XFce site, and still nothing. When I try to login in via a prompt, the toolbars and other things dont work. Any ideas?
 
Old 02-02-2004, 07:22 PM   #6
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panel is #9 on that list.
if you didnt install it, toolbars wont show.
 
Old 02-02-2004, 07:24 PM   #7
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if you use kde, kdm is probably installed.

quote:Adding an XFce4 entry to KDM

1. Create a file /etc/X11/wmsession.d/19xfce4 (1-18 are reserved by Mandrake; start with 19 and keep going up if need be) containing:

NAME=XFce4
ICON=xfce4.png
EXEC=/usr/bin/startxfce4
DESC=The bleeding edge
SCRIPT:
exec /usr/bin/startxfce4
2. Copy the startup script to /usr/bin/startxfce4
3. Edit /usr/share/config/kdm/kdmrc and add XFce4 to the list of SessionTypes. This is case-sensitive and needs to be the same as NAME above.

:end quote

from website.
 
Old 02-03-2004, 11:24 PM   #8
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I did everything the website said, and have installed all the packages, and I still cannot get into XFce Any SUggestions?
 
Old 02-04-2004, 12:12 PM   #9
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You mentioned that when you started from a prompt, the toolbars etc don't work. That sounds very much like what happens if you try to start xfce4 when X is still running.

Try doing

#telinit 3

then

Ctrl-Alt-Backspace.

That should kill the X server, then you can launch startxfce4.

Dave
 
Old 02-04-2004, 12:23 PM   #10
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Ill give that a try. Lots of times the kicker is about halfway up the screen and the resolution is too high. Also, is there any way I can boot into that automatically? I did what the website said, but it still boots into KDE by autologin, even after I told it not to, and when I log out, Xfce isnt one of the options for Window Managers.
 
Old 02-04-2004, 12:55 PM   #11
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I don't really know enough about kdm/gdm, but you could edit /etc/inittab and look for a line like

id:5:initdefault:

Change the 5 to a 3 and you'll always start up in a text console. From there you can run 'startxfce4' for xfce4, or startx for either gnome or kde.

It's not really ideal, if you want a graphical login, but it works, and has the added advantage that if X windows ever fails, you can still get access to your computer.

Dave
 
Old 02-04-2004, 07:36 PM   #12
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Ok, so I finally got XFce onto the KDM menu, but now I cant get into any of my window managers. Not XFce, KDE, anything. When I get a shell, I type 'startxfce4' and it just sits there. Any suggestions?
 
Old 02-05-2004, 07:53 AM   #13
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Well, Ive noticed that when I try to start from the KDM menu into XVce, it logs into IceWM instead. Any Ideas? I installed exactly as the website indicated.
 
Old 02-05-2004, 08:52 PM   #14
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Old 02-05-2004, 09:31 PM   #15
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Hi again

Sounds like one or more of the files in /etc/X11/wmsession.d/ has become corrupted.

If all else fails you might want to try re-installing kdm, after wiping that folder.

Dave
 
  


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