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Old 06-02-2007, 11:01 AM   #1
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How to ensure that a script start before kde starts?

I have finally sorted out all the issues concerning bringing synaptics touchpad in my Acer Aspire 5100 to life, thanks to the learned members of this forum! It took me a long time but it is definitely worth the effort. My question is - in order to make synaptics work, I have to remove the module psmouse and reload it once again before starting X, otherwise startx will crash, dumping me to the command prompt. I do it by executing the following script -
sudo /sbin/modprobe -r psmouse
sudo /sbin/modprobe psmouse
before entering runlevel 4 (I am using Slackware 11).
I have to do this manually.
If I call this script from .bashrc, it is of no use because, .bashrc is not being executed automatically when I log in. I have to mannually do -
$. .bashrc
Moreover if I want to directly go into runlevel 4 without first getting into runlevel 3 (by making the necessary changes to /etc/fstab) then the above script will not be executed before starting X.
So how do I ensure that this script is executed before X starts.
Old 06-02-2007, 11:17 AM   #2
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Have you tried putting the script in /etc/rc.d/, making it chmod +x and calling it from /etc/rc.d/rc.local ? That is the usual procedure for user scripts that have to run at boot.
Old 06-02-2007, 11:22 AM   #3
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Not sure of your issue with the touchpad but here is my /etc/X11/xorg.conf for my Acer 5100-5840.
# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
	Identifier     "single head configuration"
	Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
	InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
	InputDevice    "Synaptics" "CorePointer"

Section "Files"

Section "Module"
	Load  "dri"
	Load  "extmod"
	Load  "glx"

Section "ServerFlags"
	Option	    "AIGLX" "off"

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "kbd"
	Option	    "XkbModel" "pc105"
	Option	    "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Synaptics"
	Driver      "synaptics"
	Option	    "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
	Option	    "Protocol" "auto-dev"
	Option	    "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
#	Option	    "TouchpadOff" "2"
	Option	    "UseShm" "true"

Section "Monitor"

 ### Comment all HorizSync and VertSync values to use DDC:
	Identifier   "Monitor0"
	ModelName    "LCD Panel 1280x800"
	HorizSync    31.5 - 90.0
	VertRefresh  59.9 - 60.1
	Option	    "dpms"

Section "Device"
	Identifier  "Videocard0"
	Driver      "fglrx"
	Option	    "Centermode" "off"

Section "Screen"
	Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Videocard0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	DefaultDepth     24
	SubSection "Display"
		Viewport   0 0
		Depth     24
		Modes    "1280x800" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "DRI"
	Group        0
	Mode         0666

Section "Extensions"
	Option	    "Composite" "False"
I would either use one of the existing service scripts in /etc/init.d as a reference and make your own and start it as S99 in your run level 3 and 4. Probably name it it starting withj an ' a '. Example s99afix.
Old 06-03-2007, 04:42 AM   #4
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Thanks Eternal_Newbie, I put the script in /etc/rc.d and called it from /etc/rc.d/rc.local as u suggested. It is working like a charm.

Thanks for your xorg.conf Brian, I was having problems withe fglrx drivers as well, I'll try out you xorg.conf.


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