How can I use KDE services without actually running the whole plasma workspace ?

I want to use awesomewm but I couldn't manage to run KDE services without actually running plasma-desktop. My point is I don't want to run everything under xterm(or other terminals) and want to use KDE's GUI tools and services(like network manager, device mounter etc.)

Any help will be appreciated.

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    Have you had a look at this yet?
    – sr_
    Dec 17, 2012 at 16:02
  • @sr_, yes, unfortunately, it doesn't work for me. I did exactly what's explained in that link. KDE services just don't start.
    – osa1
    Dec 17, 2012 at 16:04

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I got tired of the plasma5 messing me up, so I switched to openbox. When I login, several services are already running, including kded, but the services under kded are not.

I would manually start kscreen2 from the kde-config screen, but this grew tiresome after a while.

I found to manually start kscreen I could run

qdbus org.kde.kded5 /kded  loadModule kscreen

For NetworkManager, that is being started by the system. I suspect you are looking for the nm-applet for you window manager.

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