[kde-linux] konstruct questions

Donatas G. dgvirtual at akl.lt
Thu Sep 29 05:00:11 UTC 2005

I would like to build and install KDE 3.5 beta1 with Konstruct.

In konstruct readme file I find this info regarding the PATH variables, and I 
wonder, how do these affect the current KDE version i have installed.

Will I be able to choose between kde 3.4.2 and 3.5 beta1 sessions, or do I, 
while leaving my default KDE installation intact, CHANGE the variables, so I 
can launch only the 3.5 beta1 ? If so, how do I get those variables back, to 
start the default KDE session?

Below is the section from readme..

Donatas Glodenis


After installation
After installation you have to set some variables allowing your system to find
KDE binaries and libraries and KDE to allow to find its own files, for Bash:

  export QTDIR=~/kde3.5-beta1
  export KDEDIR=~/kde3.5-beta1
  export KDEDIRS=~/kde3.5-beta1

  export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=~/kde3.5-beta1/lib
  export PATH=~/kde3.5-beta1/bin:$PATH

Setting KDEHOME too, e.g. "export KDEHOME=~/.kdetest", will tell KDE to save
your settings to this directory and leave default ~/.kde directory unaffected.

On shadow password systems you have to set $(prefix)/bin/kcheckpass SUID root
or SGID shadow - otherwise you will not be able to unlock a locked desktop.

The complete KDE desktop is started with "startkde", most distributions start
it if you set it to the WINDOWMANAGER variable in your shell initializations.

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