startkde(1) Starts up the KDE Desktop Environment




This manual page documents briefly the startkde command. This manual page was written for the Debian distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.

The startkde script starts up the K Desktop Environment and is typically executed by your login manager (e.g. xdm, gdm, kdm, wdm or from your X startup scripts). startkde in turn launches ksmserver, which will load your last session, or a default session that includes the standard KDE programs if no saved session is available.

startkde, with ksmserver, is a standard X11R6 session manager that can manage any X11R6 SM compliant program.

startkde and ksmserver use the contents of the ~/.kde directory for starting previously saved sessions. Source scripts found in ~/.kde/env/*.sh can be used to define environment variables that will be available to all KDE programs.

For anything else (that doesn't set env vars, or that needs a window manager), better use the ~/.kde/Autostart folder.

At the end of a session, the scripts found in ~/.kde/shutdown will be executed.


startkde takes no command line options.


startkde is written by the KDE Project.

This manual page was written by Philipp Grau.


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Copyright © 2005 Philipp Grau.