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Old 01-27-2001, 06:38 AM   #1
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well i have this wierd problem where my xserver has failed as it says that there does exist usr/var/, but was murdered mysteriously!
who could be murdering gdm!
i tried to kill gdm but it resurfaced again with a new pid
and the finally had to move gdm to some file to stop that broadcast!
though the broadcast is no more but my xserver will not start!!
cud someone tell me whats goin on!!!??????
Old 06-27-2001, 03:12 PM   #2
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Your system is currently using GDM (Gnome display manager) which is an xdm (xwindows display manager) clone which purports to have some extra security that XDM doesn't.

Since you've moved gdm from it's original location, in essence you've disabled your xwindows.

As for what was causing the murdering message, that's a mystery to me, but moving gdm isn't the right solution.

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Old 06-27-2001, 05:56 PM   #3
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Here's how my setup works. I believe my file is in /var/run. This file is created when the second gdm is run. On my system there are two gdm's running. I believe the first one starts the second one and the file contains the pid of the second one. When you kill the second gdm, the file is not erased. The first gdm that is running is notified that the second gdm has died. This causes the first gdm to restart a second gdm. When it does, it sees that a file exists and it checks the number in the file against the pid of the new gdm that it has started. If the numbers don't match, it says that it was msyteriously murdered. To stop this message from being displayed, you have to delete the file. Also, the correct way to kill the gdm is to kill the first gdm program. When you do that, it will kill the second one and it will erase the file. So, when you start up gdm again, you won't get that message.

When you are in X windows and use the key sequence CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE , it kills the second gdm. But it does it in such a way so that the file is erased and a new gdm is started.

I hope this helps.


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