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I installed FC10 this weekend after several satisfied years using FC6.
I always preferred booting in runlevel 3, then only starting X when I needed it.
With my vanilla FC10 install this is not working - if the startx script is called in runlevel 3 (i. e. text mode), X does start but KDE itself does not start up... all I'm left with is the classic X screen with the "X" cursor on it, and no GUI.
I have not changed what services run in the different runlevels.
If I boot "normally" into runlevel 5, KDE does start and works normally.
How can I fix this?
Not that I have not done any updates to the system yet (lack of connectivity and bandwidth costs for yum / the updater)
Stefan, unfortunately Fedora 9 and 10 have effectively removed this, since they no longer use the xorg.conf file to create the X session, it's done more automagically in runlevel 5 and the other graphical run levels. I came across this issue when trying to use F9 as a VM in VirtualBox.
Ouch, that's bad news. So it IS possible, but nobody will / can tell you how... Sounds like the Windows Way of Doing Business...
Yep I mostly want this because I raytrace sometimes, and it doesn't make sense to waste all that processor time and extra RAM to run an X-server when you just want all system time and resources devoted to the load of rendering a scene - which can be done 100% fine in RL 3 in text mode.
instead of startx, see how you go. That will start the gnome display manager, the default display manager for Fedora, however, I don't know does that preserve your console session! Give it a try and see how you go.
Didn't work - running KDM from the text terminal in runlevel 3 did get me a weird looking login screen in X where I could enter username and password. After doing this the system just beeped several times and did nothing. After CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACing back into the text terminal, several screens of errors seemed to have occurred. (I can't cut and paste them, they had scrolled past already).
I know I can probably pull a log somewhere, but where?
But then, that also probably indicates that calling kdm is not the way to get into X -AND- start KDE from the text terminal in RL 3.
By "weird looking" I mean that I have a login screen after a RL 5 boot, but the one I got after doing "kdm" in a RL3 looks very... erm... old with a cursor that looks like it comes from Red Hat Linux 3...
I can't think that this can bee TOO complicated - usually guys have problems with X that won't start - I can start X, but not KDE! Boo hoo...
Anyway, thanks for the replies... any other ideas?
This page: http://www.manpagez.com/man/1/startx/, which is the man page for startx, gives some useful information, try and figure out from your home directory what files are used by fedora to govern your x session, and compare. You may yet be able to run startx, just with some command line arguments!