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Old 06-04-2007, 05:55 AM   #1
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About /etc/inittab


I have a Gentoo installed on an old computer along with KDE.

All this works fine. But if I want the graphical login to fire up from start; for some reason it does not work.
I changed the initdefault in /etc/inittab from 3 to 5 as a I always do when I want to get this result. Nevertheless this time I must have forgotten something. Any idea ?

If I do startx from the command line : it works fine.

Old 06-04-2007, 06:25 AM   #2
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Not all distribution use the same run-levels. Check in the text comments in inittab that 5 is correct. You should see a block of text that looks like this (from Suse 10.2)
# /etc/init.d/rc takes care of runlevel handling
# runlevel 0  is  System halt   (Do not use this for initdefault!)
# runlevel 1  is  Single user mode
# runlevel 2  is  Local multiuser without remote network (e.g. NFS)
# runlevel 3  is  Full multiuser with network
# runlevel 4  is  Not used
# runlevel 5  is  Full multiuser with network and xdm
# runlevel 6  is  System reboot (Do not use this for initdefault!)

I have also seen runlevel 4 used for X
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Check the (awesome) Gentoo docs - start with the Desktop Resources.
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Gentoo doesn't use the runlevels in the same way as Redhat and most Linux distros. To start KDM at boot time, do
#rc-update add xdm default
Also edit /etc/conf.d/xdm and make kdm the default login manager


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