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Old 12-30-2004, 12:49 PM   #1
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how to choose session when I startx from text mode

Can anyone tell me how to choose the session when I startx from the text mode.
The default session if GNOME. Is there a way like

# startx -s kde

to choose the session I want to begin with.
Or there is a file in the /etc/X11 which I can modify something as the default.

Thanks very much!

Old 12-30-2004, 01:00 PM   #2
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You have in your home directory (or can make) a file ~/.xinitrc. To start kde put in a line that says startkde
just like that, nothing else needed, when you startx it will start kde. Now from here you can also google to find scripts that give you a choice when you startx, but I never have gotten around to this yet so I can't tell you anymore than that.

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Old 12-30-2004, 02:45 PM   #3
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Here's my ~/.xinitrc:

# xscreensaver-demo & 
# Turn NumLock on ( numlockx ) --------------- 
/usr/X11R6/bin/numlockx & 
# numlockx ----------------------------------- 
rxvt -geometry 108x44+0+0 & 
sleep 2  
rxvt -geometry 80x24+263+316 &  
# rxvt -geometry 108x44+0+0 &  
sleep 2  
/usr/local/bin/sylpheed & 
# /usr/bin/sylpheed &
sleep 2  
/usr/bin/opera &
exec icewm 
#exec startkde 
#exec gnome-session
As you can see I'm currently running IceWM.

The earlier command lines must end with "&" or the script will end at that command.

The window-manager command must be executed last.

When I want to change window-managers, I just comment the current line and uncomment the line for the WM I wish to use.

The sleep lines are just to ensure that the progs show up on my toolbar in the predicted order.
Old 12-30-2004, 03:17 PM   #4
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thanks a lot!
but it looks a little difficult for me
I will copy all the lines and try it
anyway thanks a lot



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