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Hi there.. I just installed vector linux 3.2 on an old amd box (around 100mhz) with 16 mb ram. I can start X, but cant get it to load icewm. ...
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    ICEWM on Vector linux


    Hi there..

    I just installed vector linux 3.2 on an old amd box (around 100mhz) with 16 mb ram.

    I can start X, but cant get it to load icewm.

    I load up x, and [within x] type icewm but it thinks its not a command, and when I switch back to the console (by ctrl-alt-f1) and enter icewm it says it cant load because it 'can't open display <none>' and 'X must be running and $DISPLAY set'. Well X is running and I don't know how to load icewm.

    Any ideas?

    cheers

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    I played with ICEWM a while ago and I'm sure that it came with documentation. There is a config file within your home directory that needs to be edited so as to run ICEWM as your default window manager. When this is done, a 'startx' will automatically take you into ICEWM.

    Sorry that I can't remember the name of the config file (one of those beginning with a dot '.' so you'll need to do a 'ls -alF' to see it).

    Try looking in /usr/share/documentation or /usr/documentation for you ICEWM docs.

    have fun

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    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
    Also have Windows 98SE and BeOS

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    How do I read views on this tread???

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    Quote Originally Posted by forrest44
    How do I read views on this tread???
    Could you explain?

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    I think Nerdello is referring to .xinitrc ?
    Add "exec icewm" to the file, and restart X and you should be fine.

    Good Luck

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    Ahh.. I see don't worry.

    Anyway how do I edit a config file?

    What text editor do I start?

    Forrest

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    AND how do I create a new acount? i forgot the command .

    Cheers

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    editors:
    vi
    vim
    gvim
    emacs
    jove
    joe

    take your pick

    emacs is pretty good if you've never used a command line editor before.

    to load: "emacs <filenametoedit>" then make changes.
    to save: CTRL-X then CTRL-S immediatly after.
    to exit: CTRL-X then CTRL-C immediatly after.

    to create a new user account, "useradd <username>", set a password after with "passwd <username>"

    Done.

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    OK

    Vector linux only seems to have the vi text editor, and I need to learn some commands like save and exit and whatnot.

    Someone... could you give my some guidence??

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    Vi is not the easiest editor to get used to. it has 2 "modes" - edit and action.

    from fastlanwan's command line ref:

    ================================================== ===
    VI text editor

    I or esc =insert
    :=preface all commands
    :w= save (:w!)
    :u= undo
    :q= quit
    :d= delete line
    = pastes at cursor
    = pastes after cursor
    :yy= copies line where cursor is
    :dd = deletes line at cursor
    ================================================== ===
    Jason

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