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Old 06-15-2009, 05:56 PM   #1
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Arch linux and setting up gnome


Hello all, I've been following the archlinux.org guide to setting up gnome, but when I typein gnome-session i just get:

** (gnome-session:1234): WARNING **: Cannot open display:

right now my Daemons look like this:
(sys-log-ng network netfs hal fam crond stb gdm)
and my modules looks like this:
(fuse)

I don't really want to use gdm, but I installed it to see if it would get gnome up and running. Please help, installing with a command line has been fun and all, but I'd like to get on to the part where I have a functioning mouse...
 
Old 06-15-2009, 05:57 PM   #2
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You have to run
Code:
startx
In ~.xinitrc, I think, is where you put the gnome stuff. There are lots of good guides out there
 
Old 06-15-2009, 07:15 PM   #3
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I rarely use a GUI on Arch, but I always use startx when I need to. gnome-session fails similarly for me as well - don't use it.
 
Old 06-15-2009, 07:15 PM   #4
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startx doesn't register as a command. and the file doesn't exist, is that because i've messed up or because we're using different distros?
 
Old 06-15-2009, 07:23 PM   #5
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Not much to mess up - I assume you are using the gnome guide from the wiki. Did you install the meta-packages suggested ?.

Edit: ummmm - you did install X first ... ???

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Old 06-16-2009, 12:09 AM   #6
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No, I haven't i looked it up in the archlinux.org forums and someone else had the same problem as me a few weeks ago. I just rechecked the instructions and it kind of points you to the X solution but they should really remove the entry for gnome session and just tell you to go on to X. I can't check my computer right now, but is X in the basic install or do i need to pacman it?
 
Old 06-16-2009, 12:13 AM   #7
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Nothing to do with X is "basic" - have a look at this

And yes, I'm surprised gnome doesn't pull in Xorg as a dependancy.

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Old 06-16-2009, 12:29 AM   #8
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Installing the gnome package group will pull in only those parts of the xorg pacakge group which are actually needed for gnome to function [read: run]. You wanted a light-weight distribution, you've got it. Install xorg via `pacman -S xorg` [ :: Install whole content? [Y/n] y ] and try again. As for the wiki, some pages are outdated, others are written by people who don't know which way is up - that's how wikis work, if you can correct parts of it go right ahead.
 
Old 06-16-2009, 10:32 AM   #9
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I'm afraid to correct it though as I don't know if I might've screwed up somewhere in set up.
 
Old 06-16-2009, 12:34 PM   #10
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Although some wiki pages are indeed a mess, it's always a first step for me whenever I want to install something new. By the way, the X.org wiki page is excellent and it tells you everything you need to know to set it up correctly. You should check the forums only if something went wrong while following the wiki. I guess most people will assume that you did just that.

Also, gnome doesn't pull Xorg? that's messed up!
 
Old 06-16-2009, 05:00 PM   #11
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>.< so... new problem, I didn't see my card on the list of supported ones (it's a GTS 250) so I tried to download the beta driver: ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Li...85.19-pkg0.run but now i can't run it. I can open it to edit it but if i try to run it in root it tells me permission denied, what's the appropriate command?

I've tried:

./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.19-pkg0.run
vi ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.19-pkg0.run

thanks for your help
 
Old 06-17-2009, 04:46 AM   #12
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1. And the permissions on file NVIDIA-Linux-x86-185.19-pkg0.run are..?
2. Heard of AUR?
3. Are you sure Arch Linux was a good choice for a person with your degree of skill?

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Old 06-17-2009, 06:44 AM   #13
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The idea was to increase that skill with trial by fire, and to some degree that's working, but I am getting to the point where I'm ready to just install ubuntu and play with arch on the side
 
Old 06-17-2009, 07:09 AM   #14
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I can only suggest that instead of a 'trial by fire' you should read some sort of book / detailed tutorial on common command-line tasks, utilities [etc.] under unix-like environments.
 
  


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