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Old 10-24-2002, 04:23 PM   #1
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Angry X but no KDE or Gnome

Hi there,

After much messing around I finally have X Windows working with my NVidia card however when I run StartX I just get an X windows, no Windows Manager, I would like to have KDE as my default but will happily have Gnome instead, how do I get a windows manager to run when I run startx ?

Please help

Old 10-24-2002, 04:28 PM   #2
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Create a file ".xinitrc" in your home directory and write "startkde'" inside (or "startgnome" if your prefer GNOME) and run "startx".
Old 10-24-2002, 06:37 PM   #3
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Your .xinitrc file can do much more than that, though. Here's mine:
exec Esetroot -scale ~/files/images/backgrounds/beast-background-1600x1200.png &
exec gkrellm &
exec ical &
exec xmms &
exec play /usr/share/sounds/startup.wav &
exec konsole &

#exec startgnome
#exec twm
#exec startkde
#exec startblackbox
#exec starticewm
exec startsawfish
#exec metacity
#exec startwindowmaker
#exec startxfce
#exec waimea
As you can see, it loads up GKrellM, ical (a diary type thing), xmms, opens a console and plays 'starting up' type sounds, as well as changing my background image (BTW, those weren't in any particular order ). You'd need to put an & after the programs you want to run upon startup, and then lastly you'd have your window manager... I usually run SF, but I sometimes chop and change, so I have commented out the other options.
Old 10-25-2002, 04:02 AM   #4
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Brilliant Thanks !



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