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asked 2015-06-09 15:22:19 +0000

ddash gravatar image

I have a debian installation (8.1). I am able to run i3 with many gnome/xfce and cli tools. I have kde installed on my system too. So I was wondering if I can use the kdetools instead. For example, I would like to have the nm applet, power management and kdewallet run for easing some tasks (I do these things manually right now using nmtui, systemctl and xbacklight). Can someone tell me the commands to run when I start i3 so that these kde utilities can run properly?

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answered 2015-06-10 22:07:43 +0000

valir gravatar image

KDE let you replace it's display manager with another one, I3 in this case.

I put this in my ~/.xinitrc, among other things:

export KDEWM=/usr/bin/i3
kdeinit5 # you should have this and other KDE binaries in the PATH

As you may guessed, I don't have a graphical login manager and I start my session by issuing startx. However, that should also work with your graphical login manager.

Once in your KDE session, you can use kwallet or other KDE tools that use the classical QWidget-based UI. However, tools like the plasmoids, and the nm applet is a plasmoid, won't show. But it may be easily replaced with wicd - I use it and really love it, as it has a curses interface and it brings my wifi when still in text-mode login, before I start the graphical session.

The power settings may be altered by launching systemsettings and by navigating to the Power Management section.

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