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Old 03-24-2007, 06:30 PM   #1
natv
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Unhappy installed XFree86 , lost gnome :-(


Hi guys,

Big oops...

I'm running CentOS 4.4 and was trying to get TightVNC installed. It said I needed XFree86 to be installed first, so I downloaded all the install files and installed it (Xinstall.sh)

I did backup (.tar) the directories XFree86 told me to backup before proceeding, so I do have

/usr/X11R6
/etc/X11
/etc/fonts

all backed up as .tar files, would just un-tarring and rebooting undo what I've done?


Or, is there a way to keep Xfree86 but configure my system to automatically boot up in Gnome (which it used to do?), as I still do want to try using TightVNC.

Right now, my system boots to some blue screen where it seems basically all I can do is get terminal windows. (startx takes me to this too)


Otherwise, if there is no way to have Gnome or KDE and xfree86 all installed at the same time, then I'd like to un-install XFree86, but I don't see an un-install script.

Does anyone know how to un-install? Would un-tarring my backed up directories above do the trick?



Thanks
Nat

p.s. - just wanted to add: I said [y] to everything in the install. Maybe I was supposed to say [n] to a couple of things?

Last edited by natv; 03-24-2007 at 06:37 PM.
 
Old 03-24-2007, 07:05 PM   #2
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You take things far to intense and to literal. First for either Gnome or KDE to be installed and working a version of X-windows is required. This means Xfree86 or newer, CentOS has/had
a newer version from xorg.org installed.

Get the list of your currently installed xorg.org rpm packages and reinstall them, place all that you need to reinstall in one common loaction where they are only rpm packages then as root do something like;

rpm -uvh xorg*.rpm --force

I'll leave up to you learn how to boot into runlevel 3 (hint rtfm).


No, just kidding....... When the grub splash screen is displayed press and key. Select the Linux boot choice and press the 'e' key. Select the kernel line and press the 'e' key again. At the end of the line add a space and the number three (3). When done press the 'Enter' key followed by the 'b' key, log on as root and supply root's password when done.

Second CentOS comes with vnc (the client) and vnc-server install/use them.

yum -c 'install vnc vnc-server'

For how to configure, please read: http://fedoranews.org/tchung/vnc/
 
Old 03-24-2007, 09:27 PM   #3
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Smile thank you

Thanks Lenard,

Your suggestions worked.

After finishing up and booting back in runlevel 5, I still had the X windows, but then I un-tar'd my backup files and rebooted and now I have my lovely Gnome interface back

(I knew I should have tested this on my VMmachine first, doh.)

Thanks so much for your help, I don't know what I would have done without your help.

You are a huge asset to this forum.


Sincerely,
Nat
 
  


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