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Old 08-11-2003, 12:33 PM   #1
djlotek
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Enlightenment issues :(


I want to get Enlightenment up and running on my system but I am having a lot of problems. In the old days, I could pick Enlightenment as my main window manager. With RH 9, it seems like you can only pick KDE or GNOME, or just have text-only.. So i picked GNOME, then installed the Enlightenment RPM and solved all dependency issues. I go to switch my session, and I come up to a GUI login, I log in, and nothing happens, I just see my mouse cursor.. Its not frozen, I can move it, but no desktop appears. I have tried switching my window manager at the RH login GUI, and also by using the switchdesk application. Neither seems to work.. can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong here?

Thanks!
- Matt
 
Old 08-11-2003, 01:05 PM   #2
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the following works in slackware but i have never tried it in redhat

have a look for a file called .xinitrc (notice the dot before the x)]
this file will be in your home directory if it exists
however the dot means linux treats it as a hidden file, so go to the file browser options and tell it to show hidden files and folders
if the file exists it will say something like "exec startkde"
change it to say
exec enlightenment

if this file does not exist, create it using an editor

on the first line of the file type the following

exec enlightenment

save and exit

restart x

(enlightenment comes with mandrake 9/9.1)

if doing this leaves you with a blank screen or an error message then do the following

either
edit the .xinitrc file using vi (change it to read exec startkde) or delete the file using the rm command

for editing with vi (vi works outside of x)

move cursor with arrow keys

x deletes the character under the cursor
to change to insert mode press the "i" key
then type
to save
esc
then :wq (full colon,w,q)
to exit without saving
esc
:q! (full colon,q, exclamation mark)

to change between insert mode and delete mode use Esc
 
Old 08-11-2003, 01:17 PM   #3
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it doesnt appear that i get an .xinitrc in redhat 9 by default... i will try creating one.
 
Old 08-12-2003, 04:01 PM   #4
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If you use a graphical login you should not edit .xinitrc.
If you use Gnome's login (which i believe is standard for redhat) you should first look up where gdm stores it's session scripts, for me it's:
/etc/X11/gdm/Session/
then copy eg the Windowmaker script and rename it to Enlightenment, edit it and change windommaker to enlightenment. Make the script executable (if it isn't)
After that open /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession and search for something like:
kde)
exec startkde
;;
gnome)
exec gnome-session
;;
fluxbox)
xscreensaver &
gkrellm -w &
exec fluxbox
;;
Yours probably won't look the same, add enlightenment as one of the options:
enlightenment)
exec enlightenment
;;

I am not shure if this is going to work but i believe so, I am not using redhat (slackware 9) nor gdm (kdm) so can't test it. Actually i can test gdm but i'm to lazy, i will change to it soon anyway.

Hope you understand
 
Old 11-13-2003, 12:19 AM   #5
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Re: Enlightenment issues :(

Quote:
Originally posted by djlotek
I want to get Enlightenment up and running on my system but I am having a lot of problems. In the old days, I could pick Enlightenment as my main window manager. With RH 9, it seems like you can only pick KDE or GNOME, or just have text-only.. So i picked GNOME, then installed the Enlightenment RPM and solved all dependency issues. I go to switch my session, and I come up to a GUI login, I log in, and nothing happens, I just see my mouse cursor.. Its not frozen, I can move it, but no desktop appears. I have tried switching my window manager at the RH login GUI, and also by using the switchdesk application. Neither seems to work.. can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong here?

Thanks!
- Matt

Did you ever get this working? I am having the EXACT same problem and have tried everything. If you have a solution, please let me know! I am also using RH 9 and installed E from rpm. Thanks for any help.
 
  


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