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*NEW* super fast kde startup


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Link:  http://
Downloads:  5177
Submitted:  Apr 9 2002
Updated:  Aug 23 2002


600877ad4eb7ec5032f170eced51c5dd startkde.faster
45e5ebe2bbf7914deaef995332dd905c startkde.fastest

This script is now outdated as it does little to improve preformance in kde 3.0.2 and up. But I will leave it up for people with older versions of kde.

UPDATE: There are now 2 scripts. One is named 'startkde.faster' witch is basicaly
the same as version .05 but with some bug fixes. The other is 'startkde.fastest',
witch is MUCH faster, but does not include font overiding and may not work on
all systems the way you'd like it to. So try 'startkde.fastest' and if something
doesn't work switch to 'startkde.faster'. So just take the one you want and rename
it startkde, set the path in the first three lines of the script, and put it in your


This is a drop in replacement for your startkde script. It disables ksplash
(It is so fast you don't need it!).

It works by basically pre-launching kdesktop, kicker, and kwin and launches kde
in the normal way. So you have a ready system wail the rest of kde loads. Then
when the kdeinit discovers that the window manager desktop and panel are already
running it just doesn't start another copy. (So you can start programs etc. and
you probably won't notice other stuff because it doesn't seam to be CPU or disk

To use it just rename your existing startkde script and put this one in it's

To clarify, the script is by default configured to work with kde3 located in
/opt/kde3. If you have kde2 or are not located in /opt/kde3 you should edit the
first 3 lines or it will not work properly.



Ktip and the sound are still controlled by the normal startup so they may come
in later than you want. If you still want to have ktip, or a timely startup sound
then tell ktip not to start on login by unchecking it's box when it loads, and
uncomment the line about ktip in the script. (or with sound, just add artsd to
the list of pre-launch apps)

Next if you have the feature to have the cursor blink when you start an application,
that may happen after you login. (If this bothers you have to disable it.)

Finally it may be very slow logging off. If you experience this try using he
button on the panel or the one in the right click menu instead of the one in
the K menu. (This does not help under some versions of kde though)

If you have any other problems just e-mail me.


.09 -- Big speed improvements (best with kde3) and forking of script.
.06 -- Bug fixes
.05 -- include more of the default startkde stuff (font overriding etc.)
.04 -- Fixes/work with red-hat 7.3 (hopefully) and objprelink
.03 -- Rewrite to merge kde3/kde2 scripts
.02 -- Works with kde 2.2
.01 -- Initial release

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 Switch User

 by davidsansome on: May 16 2002
Score 50%

Using something similar to this, would it be possible to implement a "switch user" thingy where kwin etc. is left running in the background, with another kdm in the foreground so that other users can login. I assume this would require a change to kdm (so you can log back in) - would it be difficult?
I know I can have multiple X sessions, but it's just not the same :-)

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 Re: Switch User

 by Ptero4 on: Jan 24 2005
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Switch user (a.k.a fast user switching) has been implemented in kde 3.4 beta1.

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 by Rafaga2k on: May 18 2002
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and the screenshots ???. plz upload any screenshot

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 by pippi on: May 18 2002
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 visualizing time

 by uk3y4 on: May 23 2002
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and speed of course


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 by pippi on: May 18 2002
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Hi all,

now that i had a closer look to the scripts is clear that i am an idiot. SuSE8 defaults to ".kde", these scripts to ".kde3" so it was clear that my configuration was ignored when using theses scripts instead of SuSE`s.

Having changed the definitions in your script-header from ".kde3" to ".kde" works everything very fine.

Thank you for your work!

-Pippi L.

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 sorry, it's wrong

 by Seli on: May 20 2002
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See for example http://lists.kde.org/?l=kde-core-devel&m=102171438903866&w=2
The patch is wrong, because it breaks the proper startup order, and your KDE may therefore not work correctly. There are also people for whom it actually doesn't cause any startup time decrease.
In case somebody will carefully compare this modified startkde script and the original one and will find out what's causing the big difference for some people, please report it.

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 The tradeoff...

 by KzT on: Jul 16 2002
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For slower computers, this wouldn't be a bad tradeoff. But even on my 250MHz machine, the tradeoff was horrible. What do I mean by tradeoff? Well, you can access the Kicker faster, but some system services that programs rely on don't load until about 10-20 seconds after the kicker. So, you're limited in functionality during the additional uptime. Secondly, the new script over doubled my logoff time. Here are my clock results:
Time from login to kicker: 26.04s
Time from logoff to login screen: 30.18s
System Services: Apprx 10-20s
startkde[without fonts]
Time from login to kicker: 49.45s
Time from logout to login screen: 12.34s
System Services: Already done
In my not so expert opinion, the only people who should use this are the people running KDE on OLD machines. Otherwise, just takeout the fonts, and make other optimizations. However, it was a good idea - nice try. Maybe additional work could iron out these problems ;-)

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 No use...

 by PARENA on: Aug 23 2002
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Seeing the last reply, I reckon this one is of no use for me. Fron login screen to a finished kicker now takes me about 6 to 8 seconds...

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