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Old 05-03-2005, 05:54 AM   #1
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Why does my SUSE9.3 choose twm as default WINDOWMANGER?

Hi all,

how can i get back to set KDE as my default windowmanager?

after i have installed linux, the login screen was standard kde login screen. after several times it changed to twm login scheme, but if i login, i will get the usual KDE environment. today it changed suddently to twm environment. i can only get kde by typ "startkde" in an opened xterm there.


how can i get back to set kde as my default

i have already checked .xinitrc.template,

/usr/X11R6/bin/kde and /usr/X11R6/bin/startkde are both executable, why does it then choose twm as the windowmanger? it is on the last line, if no other windowmangers can be found.

i have really tried to find out in admin and user guide, but still dont know how to configure it back. thanks for help.


Old 05-03-2005, 06:44 AM   #2
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Whenever I get stuck with the wrong window manager, I just run xdm or gdm or kdm and change the default window manager to my choice.

Note: I usually just use "startx". This is just 'coz I dont have to edit weird config files
Old 05-03-2005, 07:21 AM   #3
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on Fedora core 3 i use a text editor to open


and change the desktop value to whatever one you want, and if you add the line displaymanager="KDE" too
Old 05-03-2005, 07:46 AM   #4
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i have already fixed the problem. just open the file

modified the line


by replacing xdm with kdm. this worked. i found out later that u can do this under yast too.

thanks a lot for replies.


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