Running non-KDE programs on the root window

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at
Mon Mar 10 10:52:09 GMT 2003

Danie Roux wrote:
> I've never been a KDE fan, but 3.0 opened my eyes. With 3.1 I just
> want to say: Thank you, excellent job. I changed over to KDE
> exclusively.
> Except for one thing:
> I ran programs on my root window (root-tail to be exact). KDE doesn't
> let me do that it seems. I have this in my .xsession:
>     root-tail /home/life/var/server_log_on_mail,white &
>     startkde
> KDE overwrite the root window. Is there a way to accomplish this?

Yes. Kill kdesktop. The downside is that you won't have any icons on the 

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