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I don't get Gnome listed when I run xwmconfig. All I get is: kde, xfce, blackbox, fluxbox, fvwm2 and twm.
Is there anything else I can do? Maybe edit ~/.xinitrc file by hand? Is there a command for starting Gnome like startkde (or kdm) is for KDE? Sorry about all these lame questions, but I've never used Gnome so I don't know; and Freerock's site is not very helpful...
I don't have /usr/lib/X11/xinit/xinitrc.gnome file. It's not there. I installed Freerock the way they recommend it on their site (http://gsb.freerock.org/installation/#net): by doing lynx --source http://gsb.freerock.org/net-install | sh
When I try to execute gnome-session, it says "command not found".
I can't tell what's wrong, it seems that it didn't install ok at all, but when I try to run the installer again, it just says that everything is already installed.
I'll try that alternative installation method.
Thanks for your help, anyway.
Last edited by infraredgirl; 09-12-2006 at 07:57 PM.
From what you've posted, it sounds like the installation went haywire. I downloaded the .iso, mounted it, and then installed from that. Of course that means you need to have enough disk space to hold the .iso.
One thing to do would be to check your /var/log/packages directory and see if there are a bunch of packages with frg in the name (ls /var/log/packages/ | grep frg). If there aren't, then the install definitely went bad.
Even I have the same problem with freerock Gnome. And I have tried checking for the packages as u suggested.
Here is a list of the packages that have been installed...
Even my /etc/X11/xinit directory does not contain xinitrc.gnome...
Well, since this seems to be a problem in Freerock, here is my xinitrc.gnome:
# $XConsortium: xinitrc.cpp,v 1.4 91/08/22 11:41:34 rws Exp $
# merge in defaults and keymaps
if [ -f $sysresources ]; then
xrdb -merge $sysresources
if [ -f $sysmodmap ]; then
if [ -f $userresources ]; then
xrdb -merge $userresources
if [ -f $usermodmap ]; then
# This nag screen isn't going to save anybody.
# Start the window manager:
exec dbus-launch --exit-with-session gnome-session
Add that to your /etc/X11/xinit, have it owned by root and give it 755 permissions. Then (hopefully) it will show up in xwmconfig.
Hey thanks Hangdog42 for ur prompt reply...
I tried adding this script to xinit. It worked. an option for gnome appeared. However after making gnome my default desktop environment (using xwmconfig) and restarting the system I got an error message saying(dont remember the exact message) the files for Gnome environment were missing. So i guess the installation was screwed up in some way. Here is what i did to install frg.
I first updated my system using Swaret.
Then I tried using the net install method to install freerock. I tried to post the netinstall command but it seems that I have to post atleast three threads to be able to put a link in my posts. Anyways that command is available at freerock website. Its a one step installation method(they call it that way). And the version of freerock gnome that i tried to install is 2.14.3 stable.
After this I got a message that 26 files have to be installed and 35 to be upgraded.
Need to get 69Mb of archives and an additional space of 90 Mb will be required.
And then it downloaded and installed those packages. This is how freerock was installed on my system. After that the problems of xinitrc.gnome showed up. Now u know the rest of the story.
By the way I tried hard searching for freerock documentation. Fruitless effort.
Do u by any chance know where i can obtain its documentation. Their site is not that helpful.
What did you upgrade your system to? Is it stock 10.2 or are you updating to current? The reason I'm asking is that I don't think Freerock (or Dropline for that matter) function on a -current system. You need to be 10.2.
As for the net install, all I can say is I have no experience doing it. I downloaded the .iso, mounted it, and installed off of that.
As for documentation, I've only used what is on the Freerock site. Check out the FAQs and support pages.
Finally, you probably need to pay attention to the error message you're getting at startup. That may be a clue as to what is going wrong and if you've had a bad install.
If you're using swaret to keep 10.2 up to date, it should be fine. I use slackpkg to do it, but really the only problem with swaret is if people try to use it to keep up with current. There are things in current that will break your system if you don't install them properly, and since swaret just does things blindly, using it with current will break your system sooner or later.
From the error you've posted, I'm guessing that the net install didn't install everything. Not being able to find gnome-session is pretty bad since that is the command that starts gnome. Since there is no way that Freerock is going to leave out a command like that, I'm left assuming the install didn't work out.