A little helper for X11 users....

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  1. bug macrumors regular

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    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    #1
    Hi all -

    I made this handy (for me) script that lets the user choose what GUI to run when starting X11 in OS X. It will let you choose KDE, Gnome, or just plain quartz. Of course, I recommend that if you are using KDE or Gnome that you run X11 in full screen mode, although it will run either way. The plain quartz option has no desktop manager, so I'd recommend running that in rootless mode.


    To get the full use out of it, I recommend that you have installed:

    fink (and FinkCommander, cause its great)
    These packages from fink:
    -system-xfree86 (I think it's called - sorry, not at my Mac right now. You need the place holder package for X11 is what I'm getting at. See Fink's website)
    -kde-bundle
    -gnome-bundle
    -dialog

    then, make an .xinitrc file in your home directory with the following contents:
    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    # $Id: xinitrc,v 1.2 2003/02/27 19:03:30 jharper Exp $
    
    userresources=$HOME/.Xresources
    usermodmap=$HOME/.Xmodmap
    sysresources=/etc/X11/xinit/.Xresources
    sysmodmap=/etc/X11/xinit/.Xmodmap
    
    export PATH = $PATH:/usr/local/bin
    
    # merge in defaults and keymaps
    
    if [ -f $sysresources ]; then
        xrdb -merge $sysresources
    fi
    
    if [ -f $sysmodmap ]; then
        xmodmap $sysmodmap
    fi
    
    if [ -f $userresources ]; then
        xrdb -merge $userresources
    fi
    
    if [ -f $usermodmap ]; then
        xmodmap $usermodmap
    fi
    
    source /sw/bin/init.sh
    
    # start some nice programs
    xterm -geom 80x24+100+100 -e "sh .xchoose"
    TEMP=/tmp/xinitanswer
    
    menuitem=`cat $TEMP`
    
    #start the window manager
    
    case $menuitem in
    1) xterm -geom 80x24+100+100 &
              exec quartz-wm
    ;;
    2) /usr/X11R6/bin/quartz-wm --only-proxy&
              export KDEWM=kwin
              startkde > /tmp/kde.log 2>&1
    ;;
    3) /usr/X11R6/bin/quartz-wm --only-proxy&
              gnome-session
    ;;
    4) exec quartz-wm&
              startkde > /tmp/kde.log 2>&1
    ;;
    5) exec quartz-wm&
              gnome-session
    ;;
    esac
    
    #this just makes my alt key work...
    xmodmap -e "keycode 66 = Meta_L"
    
    

    Then make a file called .xchoose in the same place:

    Code:
    TEMP=/tmp/xinitanswer
    
    dialog --menu "How can I serve you Master?" 24 80 5 1 "Apple's X11 in stock form." 2 "KDE" 3 "gnome" 4 "KDE with Quatrz (unstable)" 5 "gnome with Quartz (unstable)" 2>|$TEMP

    Now when you click on X11 you will be prompted with a very old school dialog box that will ask you what GUI you'd like to use for your X11 session.

    Please let me know if there are any ways I can improve this!
    :p

    bug
     
  2. spartian117 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2005
    #2
    fink update

    According to fink you no longer need the systems-xfree86 placeholder package. :)
     

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