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#1 2007-09-07 15:40:10

From: Germany
Registered: 2006-05-18
Posts: 143

Problem switching from GDM to SLiM with XFCE

Hi there,

following a hint in the XFCE wiki, I tried to substitute GDM with SLiM.

However, I just got partial results.
Firstly, all Icons on the menu and most on the panels would vanish.
The selected mouse theme would be ignored too.
I got same results using plain startx instead of startxfce4 from a console.

That lead me to analyzing the contents of startxfce4:
The difference seems to be that SLiM calls xfce4-session without setting the
XDG_DATA_DIRS environment variable.
Replacing xfce4-session with startxfce in slim.conf did not help either.

As soon as I manually add
declare -x XDG_DATA_DIRS="/usr/local/share/:/usr/share/::/usr/share"
to a startup script, the icons come back.

However, I don't get the mouse theme back and setting it with MCS-Manager has no effect.

Are there any other things to prepare when starting XFCE?


#2 2007-10-11 11:48:31

Registered: 2006-03-29
Posts: 10

Re: Problem switching from GDM to SLiM with XFCE


Slim has got nothing to do with XFCE. And the answer to your question depends on the distribution you use.

I use Slackware, for example. To start Slim, I simply put an according line in /etc/rc.d/rc.local. I also noticed that it works very well starting from runlevel 3, and not necessarily 4 ( = X11).

cheers, ...


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