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Old 08-23-2006, 02:17 PM   #1
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export DISPLAY locally from the command line?

Could you use the export DISLAY=0.0 and xhost commands to start a program from the command line that requires KDE?

What I am wanting to do is to automatically start a program at boot by bypassing having to load KDE. So in other words... I want to boot into runlevel 3 then have a script run a program that needs to run in KDE, but without loading KDE... Does this make sense? If so is it possible?

More detailed example.

Boots to runlevel 3(command line) Script that has export display and xhost runs and it starts konquereor to a certain webpage.

I can do this by booting into gui and having a script in that loads konqueror fullscreen to a certain webpage, but again I'd like to do this without booting into kde.

I am doing this from the local machine, not through SSH to a remote machine.

I would like to know how to do this in Fedora Core and Slackware. Thanks
Old 08-23-2006, 02:31 PM   #2
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You cannot run programs that require an X server, until you have started the X server that they are going to use. You can start X without running KDE. It will take some fiddling with X startup scripts to make that possible. Start by looking at startx, possibly located in /usr/X11R6/bin. Or, it may be as simple as
DISPLAY=0.0 yourProgramThatUsesX
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Old 08-23-2006, 02:55 PM   #3
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I found this:

Type xinit to star X server without KDE:


then a screen comes up and you can run your command(konqueror)

I just need to figure out how to make the screen fullscreen when doing the xinit


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