running kde without a desktop

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at
Mon Oct 10 15:53:32 BST 2005

On Monday 10 October 2005 15:43, Clumsy Jedi wrote:
> Hi there, I'm new to this list so please tell me if I should be
> posting to the nonlinux area or something. I'm pretty sure this is
> just a general kde question though...
> I recently installed xfree86 and kdebase3 onto my mac ibook via fink.
> everything is working ok, and I can start kde from the command line
> with the command
> # startkde
> However I am not keen on having the entire kde desktop initialised as
> I only want access to certain components (kwin,kicker + select apps).

startkde is a shellscript. At some point it executes the programs it finds in 
KDE's autostart directory, which usually includes kdesktop (which you do not 
want) and kicker (which you want)
You can just remove the .desktop files of the applications you don't want to 
have autostarted.


Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer at>
Qt/KDE Developer, Debian User
Moderator: (German),
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