Installing parallel version of KDE for testing development version (3.4)

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at
Sat Jan 8 19:35:28 GMT 2005

On Saturday 08 January 2005 17:41, Jes Hall wrote:
> > 1)How do you carry out a parallel installation? We would like to have a
> > stable installation (kde 3.3.2), and a separate installation of kde 3.4.
> > We would like to start KDE 3.4 on request at login, for instance, as we
> > can select another DM like gnome.
> In order to carry out a parallel installation from source, simply build
> with the option --prefix=/somewhere/else. Then to run it, set your
> KDEDIR=/somewhere/else/kde and then your path to
> include /somewhere/else/kde/bin in a logical place (~/.xinitrc if you use
> 'startx', check the documentation for your display manager if you use one,
> to see how to add a new session to it).
> Sample .xinitrc
> ==========
> KDEDIR=/opt/kde-3.4
> export KDEDIR PATH

additionally either use a different user or set KDEHOME to point to a 
different location for .kde/ otherwise you risk becoming your configuration 
files unusable with the older KDE installation.

Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer at>
Qt/KDE Developer, Debian User - German Unix/Linux programming forum - Qt programming forum
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