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Old 01-14-2004, 09:05 PM   #1
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Get blackbox working under GDM in Redhat 9?

As I tracked back to some old posts, I can get round the problem of installing the blackbox and using it by
1) adding an .xinitrc file with the line
exec blackbox

2) editing the default runlevel from 5 to 3 in the file /etc/inittab

The problem is,
is there any way that i can 'add' a choice under 'session' in GDM (the gnome login page) so i can choose using gnome, kde or blackbox when i login, instead of using console login and explicitly type startx to get blackbox started?

Old 01-15-2004, 07:29 AM   #2
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If you look in /etc/X11/Sessions of /etc/X11/gdm/Sessions you will probably find the scripts used to launch the desktops/WM's you have installed from GDM. You can create a script here called "blackbox" and simply enter the same contents as your .xinitrc, or something like this:
# GDM Session script for locally built blackbox
exec /etc/X11/Xsession /usr/local/bin/blackbox
Make it executable (chmod a+x scriptname) and restart GDM and choose blackbox from the menu. The contents of your session script can vary quite a lot, sometimes a simple "exec blah" will do.

Old 01-25-2004, 09:52 PM   #3
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but my script was simply
exec blackbox


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