Unable to startX on Debian 3.0 r1
I´m currently running Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 «woody».
Downloaded image and burned CD. Good.
Installed and configured Base System ok. Good.
I don´t find any XFree86Config or any X11R86Config file in
/etc/X11, nor in /usr/X11R86.
I am maybe wrong posting this here, since I´m a completely
newbie and there´s a section in the forum for that.
But as soon as I saw a Debian section I thought this was
the right place. I´m sorry if I did wrong.
I begin session as a root and when I type startx (enter)
then I get bash: command not found.
Where can I find the X configuration file and how can I edit it?
What other things do I have to do later? Sorry if I shouldn´t
post this here. Anyway thx in advance to you all.
Re: Unable to startX on Debian 3.0 r1
From a console (ctrl + alt + F1) do a su, become root and then:
#apt-get install discover mdetect read-edit x-window-system icewm icewm-themes
either enter the information about the mouse, monitor, video card, or allow auto-detection. This will create a config-4 file, all you have to do is say 'yes' when asked.
To reinstall or further understand the simplicity of the Debian installation:
Insert CD1 and type 'bf24' at the prompt and follow the instructions of:
The Very Verbose Debian Installation Walkthrough
HappyTux and Macondo: I really appreciate your help.
But in the computer that holds Debian there is no modem.
There isn´t any kind of connection.
I thought all the packages I needed just to install X came
with the downloaded image of Debian Woody that I later
burnt onto cd.
If I type dselect I find that Opt X11 is installed (there are
two packs whose name I don´t remember now: both appear
to be installed).
And if I type tasksel I choose spanish environment (mine) and
Desktop Environment. But as they both appear to be installed
(according to dselect) nothing copies and -therefore- nothing
installs. And when tasksel ends I read 0 packages copied, 0
packages updated, 0 packages installed.
HappyTux: you tell " to install your desktop environment of choice
(gnome, kde, fluxbox ...) which do you want BTW"
----I´m an absolute newbie. I still have to research about the
differences among them.
Macondo: Do I have to type "#apt-get install discover mdetect
read-edit x-window-system icewm icewm-themes" connected?
I suppose so, since I think apt works "searching" or something
However Debian 3.0 Woody claims it includes the X packages,
thus I understand there´s no need to download anything.
Am I wrong? Many thanks in advance.
No, the machine is solely for Linux. Boots happily and
smoothly. By now my little skills include copy, move,
list and erase files, some dselect -but not much-, some
tasksel and some 'less whatever.txt'.
I will keep you informed on what server.txt, fonts.txt,
gnome.txt and kde.txt contain. But that will be tomorrow,
´cos i´ve got linux at home; not at work, where I am now.
Many thx for your help, HappyTux.
In order to use apt-get, you have to be connected. It's necesary for updating/upgrading the system and security, to navigate in the internet. I don't use Tasksel or Deselect, i find it too cumbersome.
You will have to open Tasksel and study the options for window managers and apps.
For the spanish environment, as root:
choose all the en_US and es_ES, click ok, and in the next screen, choose es_ES-utf8-euro (or something like that) as your environment. click ok and that's it.
Go to tldp.org click on Español, and look on the manuals for Debian, google too, use somethings like "Debian + dselect", so you can find out how to use deselect.
Without an internet connection ,it's a hard row to hoe.
He aquí una tradución que hice para TLDP:
I forgot to tell you:
I read somewhere in an installation QuickGuide the following:
(Note: phrases with nothing in front are excerpts from the guide,
and phrases beggining with "----" describe my situation)
installed at all?
If so, why dselect marks Opt X11 as installed?
I will keep informing. Thank you all
Kde.txt shows a blank text.
Gnome.txt, server.txt and fonts.txt show texts reading status uninstalled for all parameters.
I can´t post the texts now ´cos I´m in another computer and haven´t got the floppy w/the texts
by hand. Sorry.
Dselect -in verbose mode- shows something like this:
Status Package Section
===== ======= ======
Installed Xlibs libs
Installed Xaw3dg X11
Installed Xfree86-common X11
/etc/apt/sources.list file. In the text was stated the system would pick packages from /cdrom Debian
3.0 Woody distrib....
It seems that maybe my alias woody distribution doesn´t come with X at all.
I´ll check again another way to get a complete Debian Distribution, or maybe I downloaded it the
wrong way.....:cry: :cry:
Any way many thx for the time you have dedicated to me.
If you have more than one CD for Debian, have you inserted them all on install ?
Otherwise, just run
root@host:~/# apt-cdrom add
with each CD.
If you wosh to have X running, you just need the metapackage x-window-system...
This will give you the most beautiful TWM ! If you want an other Window Manager, and are a newbie, choose KDE (if you want a Window$ look) or Gnome (more Mac look).
I don't know for KDE, but for gnome (on my unstable system) you'll just need to install the /gnome/ Metapackage !
To loog for packages, try :
user@host:~/> apt-cache search software description (or name)
Hope it'll help!
process upon typing apt-cdrom add got packages uncompressing with names like
x-window-system and the xlibs....
thanks in advance, herrw; I appreciate your time.
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