Mayo, Richard A RDECOM CERDEC STCD SRI wrote:
I'm setting up a FreeBSD box for the first time, so naturally
I have a bunch of questions. I'm sure these are addressed
on the web somewhere, but I'm not having any luck finding
anything so here goes:
What file controls the way Xwindows sets up after I log on?
I got the graphical login screen, but now I want to start
Xwindows with kde rather than twm.
Welcome to FreeBSD!
For some reason, the mail servers I use (or perhaps the
FreeBSD server itself) are lagging a few hours behind,
so I hope you've not been flooded with responses.
The general answer is "it depends". As near as I can
tell in your case, it would be ~/.xsession; in my case,
it is ~/.xinitrc (/home/myusername/.xinitrc).
That is assuming that by "graphical login screen", you
meant that you were looking at "xdm", the "X Display
I boot to a console prompt and then run "startx", so
"xinit" is actually setting up my session; I would have
"exec startkde" in ~/.xinitrc if I wanted to run KDE.
I assume (IANAE) that .xsession is similar. Take a
look at Xorg(1) and especially xdm(1) for more information.
If you have KDE installed, it comes with "kdm"; the thing
to do might be modify /etc/ttys to run kdm instead of getty
on one of your virtual terminals; lots of folks do this,
from what I understand.
I formerly had this box running GNOME; here's the relevant
bits of /etc/ttys:
ttyv0 "/usr/X11R6/bin/gdm" cons25 on secure
#ttyv0 "/usr/libexec/getty Pc" cons25 on secure
So, this would run the Gnome Display Manager (gdm) on the
first virtual terminal on boot-up, and by default, gdm
called GNOME. I assume that kdm does the same for KDE.
HTH, (and that I'm not late)
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