>> Recently I have installed Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 in my computer, I have some
>> questions to ask:
>> 1. How can I disable the xdm which is started automatically each time the
>> machine boots up? I have tried to modify the /etc/inittab file. But unlike
>> Redhat 6.2, which I can choose my runtime level by just changing the line
>> id:5:initdefault to id:3:initdefault, I couldn't change the runtime level
>> even I modified the line... What's the problem?
The runlevel is changing, its just that xdm (or gdm) is set to start in all
Quote:>I'm a newcomer to debian and it really does beat me why any run level
>from 2-5 fires up xdm. Anyway you can make you own console mode
>run level (e.g. run level 3) by going to /etc/rc3.d/ and renaming the
>link that says something like S99xdm to something like K20xdm.
[gx]dm will start-up if there's a valid /etc/X11/XF86Config file...
>I guess its to encourage you to make your own run levels do what you
>want them to.
>> 3. After I installed GNOME, I found that it's not as good as KDE and I would
>> like to install KDE on my X11. How to change the default window manager to
>Just edit your .xinitrc so that it has the line
A better solution is to use the update-alternatives command which can be
used to change alot of options. try (as root):
update-alternatives --config x-window-manager
and then choose the apropriate one. You may have to install kde before doing
Then make sure that "debian Session" is selected in gdm before you put in
>in it instead of whatever is there now. You may want to install gdm so
>that you get some choice at login. In that case you'll have to do the
>same all over again that you did with xdm :-)
> Richard Watson | Pentagon Web Design Ltd | Reading, UK
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