While the Debian KDE Team has done a great job of packaging KDE4 in time, with quality, it is not always possible to fulfill the request of every odd user.
Unfortunately, I fell into the Odd user category because I still want to have KDE4 and KDE3 installed together. For many reasons.
So here’s one way to do it.
- Install KDE 3 Packages from Debian Repositories
- Install KDE 4 from SVN
- Create a X session file like this.
rrs@learner:~$ cat /usr/share/xsessions/kde4-svn.desktop
- Add the following to your .bashrc file
if [ $DESKTOP_SESSION == “kde4-svn” ]; then
mkdir -p $KDETMP
unset XDG_DATA_DIRS # to avoid seeing kde3 files from /usr
This will make the debug output prettier
# Tell many scripts how to switch from source dir to build dir:
# Use makeobj instead of make, to automatically switch to the build dir.
# If you don’t have makeobj, install the package named kdesdk-scripts or
# kdesdk, or check out kdesdk/scripts from svn, or just don’t set the alias
- And then restart KDM and select KDE4-SVN from the listi of available Window Managers.
This will ensure that your KDE3 Data and Settings are safe and intact while you can still play with all of KDE4 and help the KDE team with bug reports.