you can use 4.0.6 & 4.2 simultaneously, if ...

purslow at purslow at
Tue Oct 5 11:47:02 CEST 2004

ok, i have 4.0.6 (now running under this Vim edit) & 4.2 both working,
but i had to do some hacking to get there.  i am grateful for responses
& have a lot of respect for the developers, but as so often with devs,
they haven't looked at making the final version of their work really usable.

there's no problem having both versions installed, at least on Gentoo:
Portage puts 4.0.6 in  /usr  & Benny's installer puts 4.2 in  /usr/local
and they use different config dirs, ie  ~/.xfce4  ~/.config/xfce4(-session) .

however, there is a problem getting 4.2 to call up the correct binaries,
at least as things are left after Benny's installer has done its work.
i had to do the following:

(1) insert the full path  /usr/local/bin  for all binaries in  xinitrc :
there are  8  cases in mine, as i comment out the taskbar & add the iconbox;

(2) ditto  4  binaries in  /usr/local/etc/xdg/xfce4-session/xfce4-session.rc ,
also replacing the taskbar with the iconbox;

(3) copy  /usr/local/etc/xdg/xfce4/xinitrc  to  ~/.config/xfce4/xinitrc ;

(4) start X with 'xinit .config/xfce4/xinitrc'.

that got me the genuine 4.2 desktop, which i have yet to explore,
& i was able to exit from it & restart 4.0.6 with no problems.

to fix the mess for other users who want to try the beta
& more generally allow users to have  2  versions installed simultaneously,
the simplest way is probably to use an environment variable
to identify the correct path in the various scripts,
allowing the user to adjust the value of the variable as needed.

again, congrats & thanx to all who have created 4.2 , incl Benny,
but you do need to do a bit of final tuning to make it fully usable.

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