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Old 05-28-2003, 03:57 PM   #1
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Question GDM won't launch at startx


ok, I had another thread for what I thought was a XFree86 problem, but I figured out (I think) that the problem is with GDM. When I type startx I get a moire background with a stopwatch for a cursor. If instead, I launch kdm rather than startx, kdm launches and works fine (it's awful tho). BUT, if I try to launch gdm, I get the same moire background and stopwatch cursor as when I launch startx...

How do I find out what is wrong with GDM?

thanks

-sean
 
Old 05-28-2003, 05:01 PM   #2
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Have you tried setting inittab back to run level 5 and setting it to use gdm to see what that looks like? The only thing I can think of is that gdm has 0 options in the window manager list and is running whatever is default.

Sorry if that doesn't help
 
Old 05-28-2003, 05:22 PM   #3
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this is my inittab contents:





#
# inittab This file describes how the INIT process should set up
# the system in a certain run-level.
#
# Author: Miquel van Smoorenburg, <miquels@drinkel.nl.mugnet.org>
# Modified for RHS Linux by Marc Ewing and Donnie Barnes
#

# Default runlevel. The runlevels used by RHS are:
# 0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# 1 - Single user mode
# 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
# 3 - Full multiuser mode
# 4 - unused
# 5 - X11
# 6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
#
id:5:initdefault:

# System initialization.
si::sysinit:/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit

l0:0:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 0
l1:1:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 1
l2:2:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 2
l3:3:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 3
l4:4:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 4
l5:5:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 5
l6:6:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 6

# Things to run in every runlevel.
ud:nce:/sbin/update

# Trap CTRL-ALT-DELETE
ca::ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown -t3 -r now

# When our UPS tells us power has failed, assume we have a few minutes
# of power left. Schedule a shutdown for 2 minutes from now.
# This does, of course, assume you have powerd installed and your
# UPS connected and working correctly.
pf:owerfail:/sbin/shutdown -f -h +2 "Power Failure; System Shutting Down"

# If power was restored before the shutdown kicked in, cancel it.
pr:12345owerokwait:/sbin/shutdown -c "Power Restored; Shutdown Cancelled"


# Run gettys in standard runlevels
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6

# Run xdm in runlevel 5
# xdm is now a separate service
x:5:respawn:/etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon
 
Old 05-28-2003, 11:04 PM   #4
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oh, and btw - my Xtest comes out fine. The problem definately seems to be with GDM
 
  


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