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Old 02-04-2004, 03:36 PM   #1
Eduardo911
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KDE3.2 install, a new spin on the question


i had posted a question about installing KDE to the general forum and kinda got what i was looking for there. but now ive got a different idea i want to try and it seems like this may be a more appropriate place to ask since i think its a bit 'simpler' thing to do, and i just don't know it as i've never tried.

i had a mandrake 9.2 install running 2.6 kernel. i installed KDE3.2 using Konstruct to /home/<user>/kde3.2 as it said this was ok if i didnt want to trash my 3.1.3 install. so thats there, what i'm looking to do is add an option for KDE3.2 to my KDM startup screen choices (with KDE, GNOME, IceWM, etc). whether this would mean adding a new entry for 3.2 or somehow just pointing the KDE option thats there to my new install folder, whatever. i just want to make sure it works. my question is how to go about doing this, as i have no idea at all.

if this does work then i'll probably just reinstall 3.2 right over my 3.1.3 installation or something next time. as a kinda second question, anyone know where KDE is installed during Mandrake installation?

ok thats enough questions for today. x_X
 
Old 02-05-2004, 02:12 AM   #2
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I was wondering kinda the same thing. I have kde 3.2 installed on red hat 9.0, but I don't know how to get my computer to start in 3.2 instead of the previous version.
 
Old 02-05-2004, 02:32 AM   #3
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1. open a shell terminal and type the command: locate startkde
2. use the one that has your /home/user_name filepath in it.
3. type the command: su
4. cd /usr/share/apps/switchdesk
5. type the command: kwrite
6. put this in the editor:

Code:
#!/bin/bash
exec /home/user_name/kde_install_dir/.../startkde
the "..." in the filepath represent possible subsequent subdirectories. make sure you change the user_name to your user login name and the "..." to the proper subdirectories.

7. save the file with the name: Xclients.kde32
make sure you're in the /usr/share/apps/switchdesk directory when saving in kwrite (think Save As and navigate to the right directory in the Save As dialog window).
8. type the command: chmod 755 /usr/share/apps/switchdesk/Xclients.kde32
9. type the command: kcontrol
10. expand the System Administration tree category.
11. click on the Login Manager item.
12. on the right of KDE Control Center, click the Sessions tab.
13. in the Session Types frame, find the New type text box and type in: kde32
*note that this name matches the kde32 part of the filename of Xclients.kde32 that you created. i do believe that this is a must.
14. click the Add new button
15. click the Apply button and exit KDE Control Center.
16. exit from the shell terminal
17. logout and try logging in.

i do think that this will only work for the user where you installed kde3.2 in that user's home directory. i guess if you want others to be able to use kde 3.2, you'll have to chmod that users home directory to be accessible. ie. in the shell terminal:

chmod 755 /home/user_name

where user_name is the user home directory where kde 3.2 is installed.

i think this should work for you, but i've never added a window manager to kdm that was installed in a user's home directory.
 
Old 02-05-2004, 05:40 PM   #4
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I did everything exactly as you said but it still didn't work.
Do you have any other suggestions?

Thanks
 
Old 02-05-2004, 09:37 PM   #5
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the only other way i can think of but don't really know about since i don't have this file, is to edit your ~/.xinitrc file and maybe put in somewhere the path to where startkde is in your home directory (the home directory where kde is installed). this basically means that only that user which has kde 3.2 installed in their home directory will be able to use it. or you can just upgrade your current version of kde with the newest version. *shrugs* as i don't really know after that.
 
Old 02-06-2004, 12:25 AM   #6
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Still no luck but thanks anyway. I guess I'll just have to play with it later when I have a bit more time.
 
  


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