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could someone please point me towards a more easily understood tutorial on xinitrc than the howto? i read the howto and the man page and still couldn't figure out how ...
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    could someone please point me towards a more easily understood tutorial on xinitrc than the howto? i read the howto and the man page and still couldn't figure out how to write an ~/.xinitrc file that would serve my purpose...
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    What do you want to do?

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    well, my first goal is to get X to run Gnome w/o having to start GDM every time (i don't want an X server running all of the time) and then i would like to know how to modify it after that to bend it to my will as i install more software and get more stuff working...
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    To keep X from starting automatically: edit your /etc/rc.conf and comment out the line DISPLAYMANAGER=gdm. Then set XSESSION=gnome.
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    that was simple enough... if i had thought to check there, i would have found a large comment section explaining that exact env var..... so many things to learn.. so many new ways to acquire a headache..
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    Quote Originally Posted by lordnothing
    that was simple enough... if i had thought to check there, i would have found a large comment section explaining that exact env var..... so many things to learn.. so many new ways to acquire a headache..

    the best way I've found is to start beating your head on your desk out of frustration... in hopes you'll pass out and things will magiclay work when you come-to

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    there've been times that i've wanted to do that.. like now.. i emerged kde and now i can't find *any* of the binaries in /usr/bin, /usr/sbin, /usr/X11R6/bin, /bin, or /sbin... any ideas where in the world my kde went??? (i spent two days compiling it and don't want to think that i have to go through that again...)
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    To start kde you can just use startx, after you set the XSESSION=kde in your xinitrc.
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    once again, the answer is so simple it is overlooked... thanks, sarumont
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    Btw, KDE gets in /opt. If I recall correctly that is

    You could do a "whereis startkde" to find out where the binary is, aslong as the binary is in your PATH.

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