Fail to start KDE

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Sun Feb 22 10:30:57 PST 2004

On Sun, Feb 22, 2004 at 11:07:52AM -0600, Chris wrote:
> On Sunday 22 February 2004 10:33 am, Mike Jeays wrote:
> > On Sun, 22 Feb 2004 23:46:54 +0800
> >
> > Create a file .xinitrc in the home directory, containing the single
> > line 'startkde &' (without the quotes).  Then try startx again.
> Kindly explain the difference between between the following in your .xinitrc 
> file.
> exec startkde
> startkde &

'exec startkde' replaces the .xinitrc process with the startkde process.

'startkde &' starts up a separate startkde process in the background
and then continues executing the .xinitrc process.  That may or may
not be a good thing -- if the .xinitrc process exits (or the stardkde
process that it morphs into in the first instance) then your session
will be deemed to have ended and you'll be dumped back at the shell



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.                       26 The Paddocks
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