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Old 02-06-2003, 03:42 AM   #1
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Add GUI to Boot List?

Hi, I'm testing various other GUI's in place of KDE and I was wondering how I could add them to the login list, instead of using the .xinitrc file to auto-start a specific one. This way I could easily change between them and not worry about getting stuck.

If anyone here knows, please respond.
Old 02-06-2003, 12:05 PM   #2
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Mandrake by default uses kde's login manager. So yours should be under kcontrol. I did it once under mandrake 8.1. You have to be specific about the name (case sensitive). I was trying to add gnome to the list ( did not initially include on first load), and found out through much trial and pain that there is a difference between "gnome" and "GNOME".

Hope it helps
Old 02-06-2003, 08:04 PM   #3
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Instead of using the .xinitrc file in your user's directory, try using it in your /etc/xinit directory. Open it using your favorite text editor and input the proper command to bring it up. Some examples:

exec gnome-session (I think--don't use gnome too often)

There are as many different commands to call up the different desktop environments and window managers as there are DE's and WM's. Do some searching to determine the correct ones. Put them all in your /etc/xinit/xinitrc directory and then comment out all but one at a time:

exec gnome-session

Then, go back to CLI and type in "startx". You'll bring up that X session. If you don't like it, logout of it and go back to your file and comment that one out, then uncomment the next one. Find the one you like the best and you can stick with it. BTW, the file name might be different for you as I don't run Mandrake, but Slackware. That file will boot ALL users into that specific window manager/desktop environment. If you don't want that, then edit your individual user accounts to reflect the WM/DE you want them to have. I hope this helps.


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