Bug 17197 - arg to specify DE in startx line
Summary: arg to specify DE in startx line
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86   
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Version: 7.0
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Mike A. Harris
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Keywords: FutureFeature
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Reported: 2000-09-03 02:26 UTC by Kevin Breit
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-11-14 17:43:40 UTC
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Description Kevin Breit 2000-09-03 02:26:51 UTC
I'd really like a way to specify an arguement at the console when you type
startx to load a certain desktop environment.  For example, I type:
startx gnome
and it'll load gnome.
startx kde
will load kde, etc, etc.

Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2001-03-14 03:53:37 UTC
This already exists more or less.  The "switchdesk" package.  For more info,
make sure switchdesk is installed, and read the manpage for it:

man switchdesk

You could create a bash alias to do what you want something like (untested)

alias startgnome='switchdesk gnome;startx'
alias startkde='switchdesk kde;startx'

Changing the way the arguments to startx works would break a lot of
documentation, when there is already a way to do this.  Hope this helps you
figure out something useful.

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