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Old 08-04-2005, 04:13 AM   #1
Tom Lin
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enlightenment and GDM

hey all,

I have just compiled enlightenment-16.6 on fedora core 3 and would like to set it up to run as the window manager on top of GDM. What are the steps required to configure enlightenment to run on top of GDM? I know that it involves editing /etc/X11/xdm/Xession however I have no experience in bash shell scripting. Here is my Xsession file:

# Copyright (C) 1999 - 2004 Red Hat, Inc. All rights reserved. This
# copyrighted material is made available to anyone wishing to use, modify,
# copy, or redistribute it subject to the terms and conditions of the
# GNU General Public License version 2.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
# along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
# Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

# redirect errors to a file in user's home directory if we can
if [ -z "$GDMSESSION" ]; then
    # GDM redirect output itself in a smarter fashion
    if cp /dev/null "$errfile" 2> /dev/null ; then
        chmod 600 "$errfile"
        exec > "$errfile" 2>&1
        errfile=$(mktemp -q /tmp/xses-$USER.XXXXXX)
        if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
            exec > "$errfile" 2>&1

if ! printenv PATH | grep -q /usr/X11R6/bin

# backward compatibility with old switchdesk directory
if [ -d /usr/share/switchdesk ] ; then

# Mandatorily source xinitrc-common, which is common code shared between the
# Xsession and xinitrc scripts which has been factored out to avoid duplication
. /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc-common

# now, we see if xdm/gdm/kdm has asked for a specific environment
case $# in
    if [ -x "$SWITCHDESKPATH/Xclients.$1" ]; then
       exec -l $SHELL -c "$SWITCHDESKPATH/Xclients.$1";

    case "$1" in
       exec -l $SHELL -c "xterm -geometry 80x24-0-0"
       exec -l $SHELL -c "$DBUS_LAUNCH gnome-session"
       exec -l $SHELL -c "$DBUS_LAUNCH $SWITCHDESKPATH/Xclients.kde"
        # fall back to twm
       exec -l $SHELL -c "$DBUS_LAUNCH $SWITCHDESKPATH/Xclients.twm"
       # GDM provies either a command line as the first argument or
       # provides 'failsafe', 'default' or 'custom'.  KDM will do the
       # same at some point
       if [ "$1" != "default" -a "$1" != "custom" ]; then
           exec -l $SHELL -c "$DBUS_LAUNCH $1"

# otherwise, take default action
if [ -x "$HOME/.xsession" ]; then
    exec -l $SHELL -c "$DBUS_LAUNCH $HOME/.xsession"
elif [ -x "$HOME/.Xclients" ]; then
    exec -l $SHELL -c "$DBUS_LAUNCH $HOME/.Xclients"
elif [ -x /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients ]; then
    exec -l $SHELL -c "$DBUS_LAUNCH /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients"
    # should never get here; failsafe fallback
    exec -l $SHELL -c "xsm"
how would I edit my Xsession file in order for GDM to load enlightenment as my primary window manager? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Old 08-05-2005, 09:53 PM   #2
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After you start up gdm it should give you an option to pick the 'session' just click on enlightenment and then log in.
If it doesnt give enlightenment as a choice you can fix that by adding a session file to somewhere on you're computer. That somewhere can be found by looking in /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf under the SessionDesktopDir variable. (this variabnle works like the PATH variable, just put the enlightenment session file in one of the folders given in the SessionDesktopDir variable. The enlighenment session file should have came with enlightenment (check around in the source) if not here's a sample one from /etc/X11/dm/Sessions/enlightenment.desktop on my computer
1 [Desktop Entry]
2 Encoding=UTF-8
3 Name=Enlightenment
4 Comment=This session starts the Enlightenment window manager
5 Exec=starte16
6 Icon=
7 Type=Application
Old 08-06-2005, 04:53 AM   #3
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Thanks.. i'll give a shot and see how it works out. Appreciate the help!



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