kdeinit4 man page

kdeinit4 — KDE process launcher.

Synopsis

kdeinit4 [--help] [[--no-fork] | [--no-kded] | [--suicide]] [[+programs] | [programs]]

Description

kdeinit4 is a process launcher somewhat similar to the famous init used for booting UNIX. It executes KDE programs and kdeinit loadable modules (KLMs) starting them more efficiently.

Using kdeinit4 to launch KDE applications makes starting a typical KDE application a couple times faster and reduces memory consumption by a substantial amount.

kdeinit4 is linked against all libraries a standard KDE application needs. With this technique, starting an application becomes much faster because now only the application itself needs to be linked whereas otherwise both the application as well as all the libaries it uses need to be linked.

Disadvantages

The process name of applications started via kdeinit4 is "kdeinit4". This problem can be corrected to a degree by changing the application name as shown by ps. However, applications like killall will only see kdeinit4 as the process name. To workaround this, use kdekillall (from kdesdk/scripts) for applications started via kdeinit4.

Options

--help
Show help about options
--no-fork
Do not fork, i.e. do not exit until all the executed programs ends
--no-kded
Do not start kded
--suicide
Terminate when no KDE applications are left running

+programs

runs the programs handling requests

programs

runs the programs without handling requests

Usage

A standard way to run this program is by simply specifying the following command at the prompt kdeinit4 program or kdeinit4 +program

Files

/tmp/kde-$USER/kdeinit4_$INSTANCE

...

Environment Variables

$HOME

Specifies the home directory of the current user

$KDE_HOME_READONLY

Specifies if the home directory of the current user is read only

$KDE_IS_PRELINKED

If set, tells kdeinit4 that the KDE programs are pre-linked.

(Prelinking is a process that allows you to speed up the process of dynamic linking.)

$KDE_DISPLAY

If set, tells kdeinit4 that it is running on a KDE desktop.

See Also

kded, kdekillall

Bugs

There are probably tons of bugs. Use bugs.kde.org[1] to report them.

Authors

Waldo Bastian <bastian@kde.org>

Author.

Mario Weilguni <mweilguni@sime.com>

Author.

Lubos Lunak <l.lunak@kde.org>

Author.

Notes

1.

bugs.kde.org

Info

2008-10-03 0.01.01 KDE User's Manual