Thanks unSpawn, the export command fixed it temporarily. "echo PATH" / "set" finds it before I go to X but not after I've switched between root and user ... I realise I have no .bashrc or .bash_profile files, so I was thinking to copy samples from a working Mandrake os, adding X11 to the PATH variable, to both /root/ and /home/<user>/ in the hope that they'll stick. Any inherent problems in doing this ?
Thanks again for your advice,