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Old 05-01-2011, 01:42 PM   #1
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Where is my desktop?


I installed Debian on my old computer for fun, and now all it boots to is the terminal. Which is fun, but it's a lot more advanced than the fun I was looking for. How do I get to the desktop? How do I know if I even installed one?
  • I did not set up the network during installation.
 
Old 05-01-2011, 01:54 PM   #2
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hello,
I am in ubuntu, but if you installed a desktop version of linux, you should type in the terminal
x, which should take to the xgraphic version you are used to and being able of finding your desktop
what is the output of the following code:
uname -a
Stara Posta
 
Old 05-01-2011, 02:00 PM   #3
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Which installation CD do you have used?
To see if you have a desktop environment (DE) installed you can use the following command:
Code:
dpkg -l "gnome-desktop-environment"
If this command lists the package with an ii in the beginning, the DE should be installed.

Last edited by TobiSGD; 05-01-2011 at 10:08 PM. Reason: Fixed typos
 
Old 05-01-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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To "start the Desktop" :


Just type : startx
 
Old 05-01-2011, 04:12 PM   #5
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@TobiSGD

You're missing the closing quote. Also, isn't it supposed to be "-l", not ".l"?
 
Old 05-01-2011, 10:09 PM   #6
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@TobiSGD

You're missing the closing quote. Also, isn't it supposed to be "-l", not ".l"?
Corrected, thanks for that. Shouldn't post when tired.
 
Old 05-02-2011, 09:17 AM   #7
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And I haven't thought of that before, but the quotes aren't needed since the string inside them doesn't have any special characters. They don't hurt anything, though.
 
Old 05-04-2011, 09:53 AM   #8
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OK, I'm thinking I installed the wrong version (Debian 6.0.1a M-A 1). Here is the terminal output for everything you suggested:


Code:
julia@julia-debian:~$ x 
-bash: x: command not found
julia@julia-debian:~$ startx
-bash: startx: command not found
julia@julia-debian:~$ uname -a
Linux julia-debian 2.6.32-5-686 #1 SMP Tue Mar 8 21:36:00 UTC 2011 i686 GUN/Linux
julia@julia-debian:~$ dpkg -1 "gnome-desktop-environment" 
Type dpkg --help for help about installing and deinstalling packages[*];
Use `dselect' or `aptitude' for user-friendly package management; 
Type dpkg -Dhelp for a list of dpkg debug flag values; 
Type dpkg --force-help for a list of forcing options; 
Type dpkg-deb --help for help about manipulating *.deb files; 

Options marked[*] produce a lot of output - pipe it through `less' or `more' !
julia@julia-debian:~$ more
usage: more [-dflpcsu] [+linenum | +/pattern] name1 name2 ...
Running Aptitude gives me this for the X Window system, which I'm guessing is what I should be looking for? The only file is the X Keyboard Extension.

Code:
--\ Installed Packages (162)
  --\ x11 - The X window system and related software (1)
    --\ main - The main Debian archive (1)
i A   xkb-data
So I guess I'll go and look for a different version and then try this again. Thanks for all your help!
 
Old 05-04-2011, 10:39 AM   #9
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If you are give commands by members of this forum, please have a close look that you type it correctly (if you don't have the chance to copy & paste). The command x you typed should be an uppercase X, and it is not dpkg -1 gnome-desktop-environment, but dpkg -l gnome-desktop-environment.

According to your outputs it seems to me that you have only made a base-installation. You can install the desktop environment with
Code:
apt-get install xorg gnome-desktop-environment
I can't find any Debian installation medium with the name Debian 6.0.1a M-A 1, so I have to ask again, which installation medium have you downloaded (name of the .iso-file) and where did you get it?
 
Old 05-04-2011, 12:03 PM   #10
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Sorry, I'm not a debian maven, but isn't the easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy way to sort this out to use tasksel (logged in as root) to add the desktop environment?

eg

Code:
tasksel desktop
(this assumes that all that was wrong was that you overlooked installing a desktop)

EDIT; just re-read the original and you didn't set up the network then; you probably want that and other stuff appropriate to a laptop, so 'tasksel laptop' also seems likely to be helpful)

Last edited by salasi; 05-04-2011 at 12:08 PM. Reason: insufficient thought and reading of original post
 
Old 05-04-2011, 12:21 PM   #11
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I'm so sorry about the typo.

This is the official image I downloaded: debian-6.0.1a-amd64-i386-netinst.iso from http://hammurabi.acc.umu.se. There is a link to this image on the home page of www.debian.org.



As I mentioned in the original post, I was unable to set up the network when I installed Debian.

Code:
julia@julia-debian:~$ dpkg -l gnome-desktop-environment
No packages found matching gnome-desktop-environment.

root@julia-debian:~# apt-get install xorg gnome-desktop-environment 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package xorg
E: Unable to locate package gnome-desktop-environment

Last edited by juliajuliad; 05-04-2011 at 12:25 PM. Reason: Another typo (deleted); will try it again.
 
Old 05-04-2011, 12:21 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by salasi View Post
Sorry, I'm not a debian maven, but isn't the easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy way to sort this out to use tasksel (logged in as root) to add the desktop environment?

eg

Code:
tasksel desktop
(this assumes that all that was wrong was that you overlooked installing a desktop)
You can use that also, but I fail to see why this would be easier.

And yes, I also have not seen the missing network setup. When I see this, and also see that you only have a base install I assume that you have used some kind of netinstall-CD. As the name states, it installs a complete desktop-system only whith a working internet connection. Otherwise you will only get the base system you have now.
 
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Old 05-04-2011, 01:43 PM   #13
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Thanks for your help, TobiSGD. It did prompt me to set up the network during the installation, but I couldn't get it to connect.

---------- Post added 05-04-11 at 12:44 PM ----------

Where should I download a complete installation image?
 
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Of course from the Debian website. If you have problems to setup your network I would recommend to download the first DVD, it contains all the programs you need to setup your network with graphical tools.
 
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