Thanks for the useful suggestions everyone who has contributed. This is a helpful forum.
Without installing the LXDE.tlz file, I am able to start LXDE by choosing the "failsafe" option from the "Session Type" or "Session" menu drop-down-list at the login screen. I then get an xterm console. If I code, (as normal user), /usr/bin/startlxde
then LXDE starts. By the way, gdm is my login manager, (and the theme used is the "std" Vectorlinux theme, rather attractive IMHO). Obviously, since I have started the desktop with a console, the LX desktop environment disappears if I inadvertently close xterm, and I am back to the login screen.
I stand corrected therefore, GrannyGeek and MOE-lnx are right - I don't need the lxde.tlz package to operate LXDE. Installing lxde from gslapt should give you a working LXDE. The problem is that lxde is not showing up as one of the "Session Type" options in the drop-down-list, (Keyboard shortcut Alt+T). What I want is to be able to choose LXDE from among the various "Session Type" options and not have to start LXDE with with a "failsafe" console, which is a bit hammy.
GrannyGeek, you are using Vectorlinux Standard and said:
According to /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.lxde, the command to start lxde is
Well after installing the LXDE components with gslapt no /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.lxde file was created. In VLL there are such files for IceWM and JWM - /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.icewm and /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.jwm respectively. So I tried to create an xinitrc.lxde file in the same folder by modifying the xinitrc.icewm file and changing everything that said icewm into lxde. Then I coded: updatedb
so that the system would see this new file. It is now seen for locate xinitrc.lxde
purposes, but gdm is not seeing this file.
GrannyGeek please could you post the contents of your /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.lxde file, so that I can compare. Thanks in advance.
MOE-lnx you wrote:
If you install lxde from gslapt, that should give you the desktop environment. Now, depending on which version of VL you are running, which login manager you use, the location of your lxde.Desktop may need to change also.
I am not sure what you intend I should do here. Given that I am using VLL6.0 and gdm as my login manager, please could you suggest what might be changed or moved where.
After that, move or copy the xinitrc.lxde to the appropriate location for your login manager.
As I said above, no /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.lxde file was created for me when I installed the VLL components from gslapt. I need to check that I have got the xinitrc.lxde file that I created configured correctly, but it contains at the end the all important command:
which is what I am doing when I start lxde in a "failsafe" console.
Which file in gdm reads /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.lxde (and the xinitrc.icewm and xinitrc.jwm in the same folder, which presumably are being read because IceWM and JWM appear as options in the "Session" drop-down-list)? Which file or files do I need to modify so that I can get LXDE to appear there as a viable option as well?