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Old 03-21-2016, 04:53 PM   #1
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Question Enlightenment WM starts but is empty can only see cursor - deb8


I have debian-8 stable. Used `apt-get install e17` to install, logged out into usual graphic login selected 'Enlightenment' from the list of WMs,it then logs-in fine with no errors but there's nothing just a fancy metallic silver with blue outline mouse cursor.
I don't have to use e17 if you know were I can get newer version package or binerys and possible help with install that might work better. deb8 stable x86
 
Old 03-21-2016, 08:27 PM   #2
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You might check the Enlightenment website. The current release is .0.20. https://www.enlightenment.org/
 
Old 03-21-2016, 09:06 PM   #3
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Re: enlightenment site

thank you for post.
yes, that's were I got info to use apt-get, the newist they have is e17 witch doesn't seem to work and came out in around 2005.They have a link to a .tar.gz file I'll try that new to Linux and trying to keep it simple with a self extract file.I'll repost/update soon.
 
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Unhappy installing from source seems out of my league

On Enlightenment's download page under application it has a .tar.gz file not 100% but I think it contains all source files.Is there no way to install Enlightenment unless it's from source or a old e17 pkg file ? any one running Enlightenment (any version) on Debian 8 ?
 
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if everything is installed properly, look in your home dir find enlightenment config folder then delete it, log out, then log back in. it will if it is installed properly, take you to a first run page where it will walk you through the set up process to set it up.
 
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thank you, sounded like it could work, but it didn't. It must be something simple like that otherwise it would be giving me errors, and I get none, just a empty screen and a nice looking mouse cursor. look through forms yesterday I found a post (on a Debian form) with some one with same exact problem.blank screen with active cursor
 
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oh thinking more about this, Enlightenment is finicky. one release works then the next breaks the first one, now having to wait until the one after that one comes out then hopefully it fixes the prior one. that is why I stop even installing it to use on a here and there basis.
 
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Smile Progress: able to start Enlightenment WM from term

Been looking around and I was able to start Enlightenment from full terminal after stopping xorg and using xinit enlightenment_start, I'm guessing that something's wrong in the way gnome login (gdm) starts enlightenment,mabey something wrong in .xinitrc ?
 
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Been looking around and I was able to start Enlightenment from full terminal after stopping xorg and using xinit enlightenment_start, I'm guessing that something's wrong in the way gnome login (gdm) starts enlightenment,mabey something wrong in .xinitrc ?
go to where your .desktop files are at and change the enlightenment.desktop to read
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exec=enlightenment_start
then try that. comment out the old then add a new line ...
oh yes, comment out your .xinitrc file too.

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do you think it's /usr/share/xsessions/Enlightenment.desktop ?
it has a like at the end ..

Exec=/usr/bin/enlightenment_start
I changed it to
exec=enlightenment_start
and when I try to login from gdm that way it does nothing it won't even let me log in I'll try same as what they have but with a lowercase E and keep the full path.
 
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do you think it's /usr/share/xsessions/Enlightenment.desktop ?
it has a like at the end ..

Exec=/usr/bin/enlightenment_start
I changed it to
exec=enlightenment_start
and when I try to login from gdm that way it does nothing it won't even let me log in I'll try same as what they have but with a lowercase E and keep the full path.
gdm BLOWS!!!! gdm over rides .xinitrc hummm wtf conif files does gdm use? look for path statements in them is enlightenment the only desktop you use?

drop down to your big black login screen then try removing gdm, you already figured out how to get in using .xinitrc, then clean up what mess gdm might leave behind. log in log on shut down reboot then re-install gdm then see if it will pick it up properly that way, if you want to give that a try.
or pick a different login manager even and install that lightdm, (LXDM — LXDE display manager. Can be used independent of the LXDE desktop environment.) that is the one I use lxdm ,slim, etc... you're not tied down to gdm just because you're using Gnome.

found this
enlightenment and GDM

using "enlightenment and GDM" for key words to search this I see everyone is having the similar problem with enlightenment and GDM back to 2007 even

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I use E17 on my Mint machine from time to time (I also use Fluxbox) and all the time on my Mageia box. It works just fine for me.

Thos machine are all Intel. I don't know whether OPs graphics card makes a difference, but I'll offer that information anyway.
 
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I use E17 on my Mint machine from time to time (I also use Fluxbox) and all the time on my Mageia box. It works just fine for me.

Thos machine are all Intel. I don't know whether OPs graphics card makes a difference, but I'll offer that information anyway.
I see your point, but I think it is gdm not executing Enlightenment properly as he had it running Ok in just .xinitrc
 
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Process of elimination does seem to point to GDM as a likely suspect.

I don't have GDM on any of my machines at the moment.

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Lightbulb I agree I'll nix gdm

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gdm BLOWS!!!! gdm over rides .xinitrc hummm wtf conif files does gdm use? look for path statements in them is enlightenment the only desktop you use?

drop down to your big black login screen then try removing gdm, you already figured out how to get in using .xinitrc, then clean up what mess gdm might leave behind. log in log on shut down reboot then re-install gdm then see if it will pick it up properly that way, if you want to give that a try.
or pick a different login manager even and install that lightdm, (LXDM LXDE display manager. Can be used independent of the LXDE desktop environment.) that is the one I use lxdm ,slim, etc... you're not tied down to gdm just because you're using Gnome.

found this
enlightenment and GDM

using "enlightenment and GDM" for key words to search this I see everyone is having the similar problem with enlightenment and GDM back to 2007 even

Yes, I agree gdm is definitely part if not the hole problem,kinda new to Linux default graphical login with debain8 is gdm. I've been thinking about using slim before this problem and now that you mention it I think it's time to give it a shot.I'll look into getting and setting up slim tomorrow. thnx all, I'll repost
 
  


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