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myglide 03-13-2013 01:12 PM

$DISPLAY is not set or cannot connect to X server
I get this message when I try to use "exec startkde' at the command line. how can I fix this?

Mike_M 03-13-2013 01:22 PM

My guess would be that you don't have an X server running. Run "startx" from the command line. If KDE isn't correctly set up as your desktop environment, first run "xwmconfig" and choose the option for xinitrc.kde. Then run "startx" to launch X and KDE.

myglide 03-13-2013 01:38 PM

that did it
thank you for your reply. startx worked when I entered it from root on the command line. a gui came up now i will figure out if its kde or not.

maciuszek 03-13-2013 04:48 PM

an addition:
since your mentioning of kde is redundant to this thread topic, im assuming you still wanted general information .. have a look at .[xsession,xinitrc] in your homedir and or /etc/X11/xinit/
... changing what startx invokes can also be automated with the script xwmconfig (you can select kde).

myglide 03-13-2013 05:55 PM

thanks for your reply maciuszek. i remember seeing the xwmconfig app during install. xsession looks...different. i'll have to work on the commands to look at the other 2.

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