[mythtv-users] Replacing KDE with Ratpoison

Damon Searle djsearle at netspace.net.au
Wed Dec 8 12:09:39 UTC 2004

This is what I normally do on FC2.

create a mythtv desktop session:
cat > /usr/share/xsessions/mythtv.desktop
[Desktop Entry]

chmod +x /usr/share/xsessions/mythtv.desktop

cp /usr/share/xsessions/mythtv.desktop

After that your default session should be mythtv, its probably not the best
way of doing it but it seems to work.

- Damon

> -----Original Message-----
> From: mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org [mailto:mythtv-users-
> bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Phill Edwards
> Sent: Wednesday, 8 December 2004 10:53 PM
> To: mythtv-users at mythtv.org
> Subject: [mythtv-users] Replacing KDE with Ratpoison
> I've been trying to replace KDE with Ratpoison, but KDE seems to have an
> extremely strong will to live and no matter what I do I can't get any
> other
> window manager to start up. Here's what I've done.
> I'm on FC2 and have downloaded ratpoison-1.3.0-1.rhfc2.nr.i386.rpm and
> installed it. I use gdm on bootup. There's a file called RatPoison in
> /etc/X11/gdm/Sessions/ which looks like this:
>     #!/bin/sh
>     exec /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession ratpoison
> In my home directory I have a file called .xsession which looks like this
> (should it be .xsession or .Xsession - I've tried both?):
>     #!/bin/sh
>     exec /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession ratpoison
> I also have a file called .Xclients which is exactly the same as the
> xsession file.
> I have modified /etc/sysconfig/desktop to look like this:
>     ###DESKTOP="KDE"
>     DESKTOP=""
> None of this seems to have made a blind bit of difference. When I boot
> into
> Windows I get the gdm screen and select Ratpoison from the Alt-S sessions
> menu, but even then it _still_ fires up KDE.
> I noticed that someone in gossamer-threads once said that all was involved
> was installing the Ratpoison rpm and making a one line change to a config
> file. Mmmmm.... perhaps he wasn't running FC2!
> Does anyone know what I have to do to get KDE to just butt out?
> TIA,
> Phill
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