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Old 09-07-2004, 03:48 PM   #1
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Mandrake KDM and a new window manager


I am installing a new window manager, my main problem is getting it to appear in the KDM login session menu. I have created a file for the window manager in the /etc/X11/wmsessions.d directory and Im sure this has been done correctly, yet its still not in the KDM sessions menu. I've been told that you can add new sessions using the KDM Login Manager but I cant see anything that would allow me to add new sessions in there and I've tried loging in a root to do this.

Just so you know, Im using Mandrake 10, KDE 3.2 with KDM login and I've looked on the net for some solutions yet most of the help seems to be related to KDE 2 or other login managers.

Any ideas and I would be grateful.
Old 10-27-2004, 04:59 PM   #2
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MDK10 KDE3.2 Upgd to 3.3 Using KDM Login

Hi! I have the same issue, and would like to note that I can type 'startkde' from BASH, and I see a KDE3.3 splash, followed by all open windows sliding to the top of the screen (along with child panels attached to the bottom edge of the desktop). All desktop icons also disappear. Very comical, and after this, I tried browsing local and internet directories with Konqueror; both times, only getting an error message about not understanding the protocol.

Originally, I had problems browsing only local directories in Konqueror, after installing Nvidia driver 5336; spurring the urge to try KDE3.3. So, I went to and downloaded the konstruct tar.bz2. Then, I decompressed it to the desktop, typed 'make install', and then waited for about 7-8 hours, while it downloaded all the components, and installed them.

Now, I hear that things like your login (KDM, XDM, etcetera), and your distribution (mine, of course, is Mandrake 10 Powerpack), affect the file KDM looks for. Additionally, I've tried making the following files:

.xsession, .xinitrc, and .Xclients, in my home folder (which is where KDE3.3.1 default-installed to.

Each of these were tried one-at-a-time, with each one containing only this text:


If anyone helps me correct this, and import my settings from my old KDE, I'll give you big kudos!

Chris Rion (is also an msn messenger account)

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