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Old 10-22-2003, 11:54 AM   #1
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Have Mercy!


ok, here's the scoop.....

I throw myself into projects with little or no knowledge, because I am a "learn by doing" kind of guy.

We just bought a cool little webserver from Advanced Clustering that we're gonna use for maybe serving a small message forum, and storing some digital media, test copy of our library website, etc...

This unit has Redhat 9 installed, and I've used Redhat 7.3 and 8 in the past, but always with a GUI interface (so sue me...I'm an M$ slave, just like most everyone else). The server came pre-installed with a command line interface.

Is there a way to invoke a GUI shell once it boots, or is this something that needs to be run by the boot loader, and could someone explain how (or point me to a tutorial) to get a GUI interface up until I become more comfy-cozy with the command line, without wiping out what is already installed?

I've tried running the install again, and didn't get any options for installing a GUI, and I don't want to blow away any of the important stuff the company may have pre-installed.

Thanks!
 
Old 10-22-2003, 12:05 PM   #2
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I would imagine that they would include a GUI interface... Have you tried the command 'startx'?
You could always email the support at advanced clustering...
http://advancedclustering.com/support/
 
Old 10-22-2003, 12:17 PM   #3
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edit the /etc/inittab file and change the default runlevel to 5
 
Old 10-22-2003, 12:37 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I tried "startx" and got a "no such command" slap on the wrist.

If I edit the inittab file and Xwindows isn't loaded, am I gonna end up with a server that won't boot, or will it default back to a command line boot?
 
Old 10-22-2003, 01:05 PM   #5
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You should be fine changing to run level 5 if X isn't loaded then you will just go to command line.
Just some things for you to check:
does /usr/bin/X11 exist?
What runlevel are you at right now? (as root) 'runlevel' (as normal user) /sbin/runlevel
 
Old 10-22-2003, 01:25 PM   #6
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ok, I changed the runlevel to 5, and here's what I get when I reboot:

INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast: Disabled for 5 minutes

...then it just sits there, so now I don't even get a login prompt.

I also saw this when I tried to shutdown the machine using "Init 5", and ended up using "reboot" instead, and just powering down when it started to come back up.
 
Old 10-22-2003, 01:48 PM   #7
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Actually, I can bounce past the above error message with a slap of the return key, so that's no biggie. I was able to login, and return the init runlevel to 3 to prevent that. However, I am STILL without a GUI!

Any other suggestions would be most welcome, and thanks so far for the ideas!

If I wasn't worried about losing my copy of Plesk (which I didn't get media for), I'd just blow the whole install away, and start over!


Last edited by Swatson; 10-22-2003 at 01:49 PM.
 
Old 10-22-2003, 01:51 PM   #8
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Did it come up far enough so you can SSH into it? can you get to another prompt using alt-F1 or ctrl-F1 (or F2) (can't remember the key combo) One thing to try if you can get to a prompt is 'redhat-config-xfree86'
 
Old 10-22-2003, 01:55 PM   #9
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Originally posted by Blinker_Fluid
Did it come up far enough so you can SSH into it? can you get to another prompt using alt-F1 or ctrl-F1 (or F2) (can't remember the key combo) One thing to try if you can get to a prompt is 'redhat-config-xfree86'
Yep. I was able to bypass the error message, login, and re-edit the inittab file to set it back to runlevel 3.

I have to run to a meeting right now, but I'll give your latest idea a shot later this afternoon.

Thanks!
 
  


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