Starting KDE4

KDE4 Startup Dependencies


D-Bus-1.8.18 (runtime)

After Kde-workspace has been installed, the first important milestone has been reached. Now you need to configure your system to start KDE4.

Starting KDE4 from the command prompt

To start KDE4 from the command prompt, you first need to modify your .xinitrc file:

cat > ~/.xinitrc << EOF
# Begin .xinitrc

exec ck-launch-session dbus-launch --exit-with-session startkde

# End .xinitrc


If you are not using ConsoleKit, remove ck-launch-session.

You can now start KDE4 using the startx command.

Starting KDE4 at boot

KDE4 comes with a graphical login interface called KDM (the KDE4 Display Manager), which provides a customizable graphical login at boot. To use KDM, you need to edit your /etc/inittab file (as the root user). First, setup run-level 5 to start KDM (adjust the path to kdm according to your system):

cat >> /etc/inittab << EOF

Additionally, you need to change the default run-level from 3 to 5:

sed -i 's#id:3:initdefault:#id:5:initdefault:#' /etc/inittab

You can now restart your system and see the KDE4 login screen.

Installing further languages (l10n)

You may want to install support for your locale language. The l10n packages can be found at See Further KDE4 packages for build instructions. If you are in a KDE4 session when installing a new language and configure KDE4 to use it, the session needs to be restarted, in order to see the effects.

Installing further KDE4 packages

Every subsequent package can be built while having KDE4 up and running, but remember to keep $KDE_PREFIX and $QT4DIR set.

Last updated on 2015-06-24 23:03:07 +0000