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I successfully emerged kde last night(only took 9 hours). When I type startx, hoping to start X, all I get is a X for a cursor, and if I click ...
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    How to start kde?


    I successfully emerged kde last night(only took 9 hours).
    When I type startx, hoping to start X, all I get is a X for a cursor, and if I click on the desktop, I get a TWM menu that I can't seem to do anything with.

    Help!
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    1)Create a file in your home directory called .xinitrc

    2)Inside that file, put one line:
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    exec startkde
    3)Save and run startx again.

    Not the most elegant solution perhaps, but it's always worked for me.
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    It worked. Thanks, TechieMoe and Jaboua for your help. I am posting this message from Konqueror.
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    Smooth, budman7! I however always do it in one command:
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    echo exec startkde > ~/.xinitrc

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    nobody uses kdm start or /etc/init.d/kdm start?

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    I don't use xdm, gdm, kdm and neither entrance... I login to the command-prompt and start X manually with startx.

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    What advantages are there to not using a desktop manager?

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    Quote Originally Posted by groovygroundhog
    What advantages are there to not using a desktop manager?
    The immediate advantage to not using a desktop login manager (like GDM, KDM, XDM) is when something goes wrong with your X configuration. It's much easier to diagnose an X problem when you're logged in at a console by default than when your X suddenly goes black.
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