John Murphy sub01 at freeode.co.uk
Fri Nov 19 19:49:10 GMT 2004

Just a couple of points which may help John Seago understand the
shorthand used for command line instructions:

Where there's a # symbol in front of a command it means the command
should be entered (without the #) as the root (super) user.

When a reference is made to a command with a number in brackets
immediately after, eg. sysinstall(8), it means you can read a
manual entry for the command by typing 'man 8 sysinstall'.

The ~ symbol is short for the current logged on user's home
directory so '~/.xinitrc' refers to /usr/home/you/.xinitrc
(or /home/you/.xinitrc if /home is a separate partition.)

You can always go to your home directory by typing 'cd ~'
or even just type 'cd' to do the same thing.  Type 'pwd'
to see where you are at any time.

Any file name which begins with a dot (like .xinitrc) is a
hidden file.  A normal 'ls' command won't show the file.
'ls -a' will show all files or 'll' will show all files
and show more details about each one.

Make sure you type commands as they are shown.  They are
case sensitive so 'Xorg -configure' won't run as 'xorg

Lastly, the simplest content of .xinitrc to start kde is
'startkde' (or 'exec startkde' as it says in the Handbook).
'start_kde' may have been a typo in Mathew Seaman's post
though I haven't tried that variation myself.


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