Jeff Abrahamson on Fri, 5 Sep 2003 22:31:04 -0400

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[PLUG] how to choose gnome/kde

I have a new debian box that likes to come up (after typing startx) in
kde. I'd like it to come up in gnome.

I suspect if I put "exec gnome-session" in ~/.xsession or ~/.Xsession,
I'll get what I want. (This based on reading through the
/etc/X11/Xsession.d/ scripts, and 50xfree86-common_determine-startup
in particular.)

But I'm curious how to change the system default. And this I have not

It looks like it all starts in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc, which proceeds
to /etc/X11/Xsession, which proceeds to source all the scripts in
Xsession.d (above). But I don't see in all of that where it decides
what desktop environment, which window manager, and so forth to start

(I'm on a debian stable box, fwiw, and I boot to init state 3, so no
gdm / xdm menus to help out.)

Thanks much for any tips.


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