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Monday, August 21st 2006, 8:37am

BSD Free

I think there may be a growing population of tech minded consumers: "edge Techies" looking for alternative desktops like KDE. I saw a short glimpz of it in part from numerous attempts to install with BSD Free 6.1 and X-11. I wish there was a graphical config interface from BSD Free at the config level. I'm capable of alot of install configs, but the BSD Free and X-11 config Unix like requirements prevent most "edge Techies" from a successful install. My problem are repeating lines of "kpersonalizer: cannot connect to X server"
I don't have a solid understanding of the codes to reach the config files and finish the install requirements for X-11 thus preventing me from a GUI control panel. Do I really have to go back to Windows?



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Monday, August 21st 2006, 7:40pm

RE: BSD Free

Have you Googled on the error message? It would help if you put the following lines in ~/.xinitrc :

Source code

$ source /sw/bin/
$ export KDEWM=kwin
$ /path/to/kde/bin/startkde >/tmp/kde.log 2>&1
Bram Schoenmakers
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Tuesday, August 22nd 2006, 9:18pm

RE: BSD Free

Thank you for your reply, perhaps your code can be handy once I get back to that problem. My focus for has been the connection problem It appears not just with KDE I can't get seem to resolve 3 preceived problems. 1. I am still attempting to fetch the xorg fonts: So to fetch and install the package of Xorg, I simply type:

# pkg_add -r xorg Results :FTP unable to get…atest/xorg.tbz: No address record
Note: I downloaded and made CD's of 6.1 and boot. Insatlled 4 times over without any problems reported except problem no 2. I keep getting what seem to be auto-prompters at 5 minute intervals indicating the following. ""DATE, Time, inetd[519]: ssh/tcp: bind: Address already in use"

Lastly problem No. 3 I have been googleing my way to get instruction on usage of "editors" ie: ee and vi. I have found bits and segments. I like vi a little better, it seems to be more gracious at a user level starting out.

One last note: after editing the file you specified I somehow lost the permissions to access it again. How is that because I am logged in "root" also a message follows; "cannot execute /usr/local/sbin/identd/no such file" auth/tch server failing (looping), service terminated" ssh/tcp: bind: address already in use."

Thank you for your first reply, I'm sure others will find this tread very useful.

This post has been edited 2 times, last edit by "candyapple" (Aug 23rd 2006, 11:10am)


Wednesday, August 23rd 2006, 12:49am


Well, at great risk of loosing any support, I will endeavor to submit todays attempts to have my very own BSDFree website with KDE. I was able to modify the file you instructed. Thank you, still no KDE.
Other attempts I made with:
FreeBSD Handbook
Chapter 5 The X Window System

My Attempt to follow directions as stated in the FreeBSD Handbook: "And likewise with the freefont or other collections. To have the X server detect these fonts, add an appropriate line to the X server configuration file in /etc/X11/ (xorg.conf for Xorg and XF86Config for XFree86™), which reads:
Response: /ect/X11/ Command not found
/ect/X11/xorg config. Command not found
My Attempt: "Alternatively, at the command line in the X session run:"
% xset fp+ /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/URW
% xset fp rehash
% xset fp+ /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/URW
% xset fp rehash

Response to my attemp: Too many arguments.

My Attempt: "To enable the freetype module just add the following line to the "Module" section of the /etc/X11/xorg.conf"
Response to my attempt: /ect/X11/xorg.conf. Command not found
My Attempt:
Once GNOME is installed, the X server must be told to start GNOME instead of a default window manager.
The easiest way to start GNOME is with GDM, the GNOME Display Manager. GDM, which is installed as a part of the GNOME desktop (but is disabled by default), can be enabled by adding gdm_enable="YES" to /etc/rc.conf. Once you have rebooted, GNOME will start automatically once you log in -- no further configuration is necessary.
Response to my attempt: /ect/rc.conf: Command not found
lists files in the current directory after login as root.
I looked in the .gnome file and I got a "Warning, not a regular file"
My attempt: "After KDE has been installed, the X server must be told to launch this application instead of the default window manager. This is accomplished by editing the .xinitrc file:
% echo "exec startkde" > ~/.xinitrc

Response: .xinitrc: Command not found
All the above noted is retyped on a separate computer, I have no knowledge of copying and pasting within the opening shell at prompt and e-mailing.

FreeBSD 6.1
Pentium 3
20 Gig Hard Drive

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "candyapple" (Aug 23rd 2006, 11:02am)