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Old 01-14-2003, 09:10 AM   #1
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window manager hell


Recently at home I decided I was tired of KDE and installed OpenBox (good recommendation MasterC), works well so I decided I felt like throwing it on my work system.

I have OpenBox build in ~/compiled/openbox and I editted my .xsession to read:
exec /home/*myuser*/compiled/openbox/bin/openbox

Unfortunately, these systems use KDM to login (I use init 3 at home) and the session chosen in that overrides my .xsession and I get KDE still. Since I lack root I can't add the session to KDM or edit inittab to set the init level to 3 either.

Ideas?
 
Old 01-14-2003, 11:02 AM   #2
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Well, can you just kill KDM with ctrl+alt+backspace and then from console just startx. Or you can switch to another console and startx -- :1 OR you can choose "consoloe mode" from KDM menu (if the admin allowed that option).
And i think you should put the exec openbox line in ~/.xinitrc not .Xsession.
HTH
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Old 01-14-2003, 12:41 PM   #3
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Talk to your admins and let em know you want it on there for your pleasure. I'd think they might be cool with that??? Though I don't know any linux admins, so I'm just thinking I'd be cool with it

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Old 01-14-2003, 01:22 PM   #4
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NSKL: The init is 5 so killing X will just cause KDM to start again. Also, .xinitrc is only for using init 3 and startx to my knowledge.

MasterC: I'm sure they have more important things to do
 
Old 01-14-2003, 01:35 PM   #5
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If you drop back to command line with CTRL ALT F2, login as your user, create a .xinitrc file with only exec openbox in it, and then 'startx -- :1' (a basic horrible summary of NSKL's suggestion) then I'd think this would work regardless of your run level??? It's worth a shot anyway

How'd you get OpenBox installed without Admin/root priviledges anyway?

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Old 01-14-2003, 02:27 PM   #6
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I think he just compiled it, without make install step, so it sits wherever he put it, but this might not work since config files (if any) weren't installed. Instead you should rin ./configure with --prefix option, and install it where you have permissions.
Also make sure you add the location you installed it to to your PATH, put exec openbox in .xinitrc, switch to other VT, and startx -- :1
This should start openbox, but it eats more resources since you have two X servers up.
This is a non-elegant solution, so see with your admin first, that would be much better.
HTH
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Old 01-14-2003, 05:42 PM   #7
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MasterC: I built it to my home directory using --prefix in the configure

NSKL: I'll have to play with running the different X servers, might negate the purpose of running openbox to get rid of kde's bloat. Worth a shot at least.
 
  


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