Re: starting Idesk automatically in IceWM on Lenny
On Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 11:33:17AM +1100, Tim Clewlow wrote:
> > On Wednesday 14 October 2009 00:34:57 Tim Clewlow wrote:
> >> > On Tuesday 13 October 2009 10:43:21 Tim Clewlow wrote:
> >> >> You can rearrange the order in which things are started in
> >> >> .xsession file, ie you dont have to start the window manager
> >> last.
> >> > [snip]
> >> >> Basically, when the script finishes, X will close - so dont
> >> >> the
> >> >> script finish - thats what the long sleeping loop at the end
> >> >> for.
> >> >> I'm guessing your .xsession should look something like:
> >> >> #!/bin/sh
> >> >> xrdb -merge ~/.Xdefaults &
> >> >> icewm &
> >> >> sleep 1
> >> >> <other apps> &
> >> >> idesk &
> >> >> while [ 1 ] ; do
> >> >> sleep 1000d
> >> >> done
> >> >> The line 'sleep 1' is intended to be a little delay to give
> >> icewm
> >> >> time to start up before attempting to run idesk. It may not
> >> >> actually
> >> >> be necessary, or it may be too small a delay, it all depends
> >> >> how
> >> >> idesk determines if icewm is running, ie it may look for a
> >> >> file
> >> >> created really quickly by icewm, or it may look for a process
> >> that
> >> >> may take some time to appear.
> > [snip]
> >> > I am beginning to think that either it is simply not doable, or
> >> it
> >> > is doable -
> >> > but not by me. :-(
> >> I installed icewm and idesk, created a directory ~/.idesktop and
> then started X with .xsession containing the following:
> >> #!/bin/sh
> >> xrdb -merge ~/.Xdefaults &
> >> icewm &
> >> idesk &
> >> while [ 1 ] ; do
> >> sleep 1000d
> >> done
> >> Idesk seems to start up fine, ie I had icewm running and an icon at
> >> the top left that looks kind of like a house with the text
> >> written underneath.
> > Thank you very much for trying this out.
> > Yes - if you have not created any other icons, that is what you
> > should see.
> > I, however, still don't. :-( There is obviously something else
> > either running
> > or not running as it ought to do.
> > Before trying this one, I did "rm .bash_profile" so that that
> > not be
> > muddying the waters. I then did exactly as you had done. X
> > to start.
> > So I added startx to your script. Not surprisingly, that made no
> > So I recreated .bash_profile and put startx in it.
> > That gave me a functional system - but no desktop. Just a nasty
> > greying out grid. Etc. I have spent quite some time googling,
> > trying
> > things out on my test system, including via the configuration
> > We know
> > that this works for you, and that it works for me if I start idesk
> > About the only thing I can think of to try is starting X
> > differently. But
> > how?
> > You have done so much already, but I would be very grateful if you
> could tell
> > me how you start X on your system.
> > Lisi
> It sounds like your system is not using the xsession method of
> managing an X session, which means it is using the native xinit
Let's look at /etc/X11/Xsession
$ grep HOME /etc/X11/Xsession
$ grep USERXSESSION /etc/X11/Xsession /etc/X11/Xsession.d/*
/etc/X11/Xsession.d/40x11-common_xsessionrc:if [ -r "$USERXSESSIONRC" ]; then
/etc/X11/Xsession.d/40x11-common_xsessionrc: . "$USERXSESSIONRC"
/etc/X11/Xsession.d/50x11-common_determine-startup: for STARTUPFILE in "$USERXSESSION" "$ALTUSERXSESSION"; do
/etc/X11/Xsession.d/50x11-common_determine-startup: ERRMSG="$ERRMSG no \"$USERXSESSION\" file, no \"$ALTUSERXSESSION\" file,"
> That's ok, and just as easy to work with. First check if you
> have a file called .xinitrc in your home directory, if it exists,
> rename it to .xinitrc.sav to move it out the way for a bit (so you
> can always rename it back later if you want) with:
> mv ~/.xinitrc ~/.xinitrc.sav
> Now create a brand new .xinitrc file in your home directory, it will
> be exactly the same as the .xsession file you made earlier, so if
> you still have the .xsession file just do:
> cp ~/.xsession ~/.xinitrc
> Or if you need to create, or want to check, the new .xinitrc file
> then it should contain:
> xrdb -merge ~/.Xdefaults &
> icewm &
> idesk &
> while [ 1 ] ; do
> sleep 1000d
And if the session lasts longer?
Seriously, though, why not use the standard:
> As long as no-one has modified the X startup scripts (which is very
> unlikely for most systems), this should work, well, hopefully :-)
> Also, I think there is a better way to start X than using a bashrc
> file - but we'll get to that later,
Right. Start a new X session for each new console login. For each ssh
login. For each screen session. Have fun.
BTW: users of Squeeze / Sid might want to take a look at the package
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