Installation instructions for Enlightenment for Solaris

It's time to kiss CDE and OpenWindows goodbye. Soon you'll have a nice looking and much more functional enviroment to work with. E is less cluttered than any other window manager (including CDE, GNOME and KDE), and it is very very flexable. As a developer or system administrator (me) you'll find life much more enjoyable with Enlightenment.

To get started, you first need to download and install the base packages. Use the following steps:
    Procedure for installing Enlightenment and its componants:
  1. First download all the packages listed under "Enlightenment Packages for Solaris" on my downloads page.
  2. Next, ensure that previous GTK+, GLIB, IMLIB, etc packages are not installed in /usr/local. If you do, please remove them. In a default install of Solaris a /usr/local won't even exist, so you are ready to proceed.
  3. Uncompress the packages if neccisary using: uncompress CDLTKpackage.pkg.Z
  4. Now install each of the packages one-by-one using the following method: pkgadd -d ./CDLTKpackage.pkg
  5. If a package is said to be corrupt, there was probly a problem in the download, delete it and redownload it.
  6. You must now modify your Borne shell startup script ($HOME/.profile) to include the following lines:
    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH 
    export PATH

  7. Once all the packages are installed you can proceed to the following methods for starting it. And when done, you can add in the extra programs that cuddletech provides. (Such as XMMS, GIMP, Eterm, etc)

Now you should have E installed, you can choose from the following methods to start Enlightenment, but USE ONLY ONE.

    Procedure for starting Enlightenment WITHOUT modifing CDE/DTLogin:
  1. In your home directory, add the file .xinitrc, and add the following line:
    xset fp+ $HOME/fonts
    xset fp rehash
    exec /usr/local/enlightenment/bin/enlightenment

  2. Save this file and make it executable (chmod 755 .xinitrc)
  3. Double check to make sure your .profile looks like the one listed earlier, or at least that LD_LIBRARY_PATH includes /usr/local/lib, and PATH includes /usr/local/bin
  4. Make sure that your default shell is the BORNE shell. CDE's scripts will FAIL if you are not running Borne.
  5. Now, return to DTLogin on the machine that you've done this and log in, but specify "OpenWindows" as the session choice.
  6. If all went well, Enlightenment will start after you see the Solaris screen.

The above procedure works because when you start an OpenWindows session with DTLogin, the scripts will first look to see if you have a .xinitrc in your home directory. If you do it proccess it instead of starting OpenWindows. In the above case, it would start E. This procedure is useful in two cases: 1) You don't want to modify any more than you absolutely must, or 2) You are mounting /usr/local and your home directory via NFS and you want E to start on any machine where both are mounted.

The method that follows will actually add Enlightenment as a DTLogin session option, however it does mean adding scripts to your system. Use these methods exactly as noted and nothing else. If you tinker with scripts in /usr/dt/config and end up messing up CDE, then don't look at me. Also, let me point out that the "Borne Shell Only" restriction from the earlier proccedure, does not apply to the following.

    Procedure for adding Enlightenment to the Session options in dtlogin:
  1. Add the following file: /usr/dt/config/C/Xresources.d/Xresources.e
  2. Add the following file: /usr/dt/config/Xsession.e
  3. Add the following file: /usr/dt/config/Xinitrc.e
  4. Now install the following 2 images to the /usr/dt/appconfig/icons/C directory: and
  5. Now change the permissions of /usr/dt/config/Xsession.e to 555, ala "chmod 555 /usr/dt/config/Xsession.e"
  6. Next, verify that you don't have a .xinitrc in your home directory.
  7. Now go back to the dtlogin screen, and select the "Reset Login Screen" from the options pull down.
  8. Your done!

There is one more way to start E that I'll mention, which is very useful for debuging purposes. If E won't start properly on your system, use the following method to determine why:

    Procedure for starting Enlightenment for debuging purposes:
  1. At the dtlogin login screen, enter your login.
  2. Before entering your password choose "Failsafe" from the Session Options menu.
  3. Enter your password and login.
  4. You will see only X and a terminal, with no window manager.
  5. Double check your important variables (echo $LD_LIBRARY_PATH; echo $PATH). If they are not set properly, then fix your .profile.
  6. Now start Enlightenment manually by typing: /usr/local/enlightenment/bin/enlightenment
  7. Enlightenment should start. If it does not then use the messages you'll see in the terminal to determine why.

Important Notes pertaining to Enlightenment on Solaris/SPARC:

DTlogin Enlightenment Logo's (PM)

Below are several alternate PM's that you could use for your DTlogin screen, simply rename the chosen file to and place it as mentioned above.

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