Problems running xfce on opensuse 11.4

Guido Berhoerster gber at
Tue Nov 22 00:28:05 CET 2011

* houghi <houghi at> [2011-11-21 22:53]:
> On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 09:26:55PM +0100, Guido Berhoerster wrote:
> > A much easier solution is to switch to GDM which allows you to
> > select the session from a menu, it should already be on your
> > system if you installed the Xfce pattern. You can switch from xdm
> > to gdm by editing /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager, the line that
> > says DISPLAYMANAGER="xdm" needs to be changed to
> This can be done with YaST. Also possible to do the following:
> YaST, System, /etc/Sysconfig Editor. There you go, Desktop, Window
> Manager, DEFAULT_WM and select xfce.
> Or in /etc/sysconfig/windowmanager
> DEFAULT_WM="xfce"

DEFAULT_WM sets the default window manager for all users which
may or may not be what the OP wanted. A per-user selection in xdm
equivalent to the menu and .dmrc used by halfway modern and
usable display managers like GDM/KDM/LightDM is a custom
.xsession/.xinitrc shell script calling startxfce4.
Guido Berhoerster

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