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Old 10-28-2005, 02:36 PM   #1
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Xorg gone after installing Gnome

Hi, I have a strange problem.

Generally I use Debian Stable version(Sarge 3.1). Recently I came to know that Xorg has been into Debian Testing Repository. So I changed my sources to testing and did a apt-get install xserver-xorg xserver-common xfonts-base and I could start my X server by giving command X. Everything was working fine. Then I changed my sources.lst to stable back again and did a apt-get install gnome-core.

After Gnome was installed I rebooted and found that my Xserver was not able to start. So I gave the command X from the root prompt and it said that command not found?Although the X configuration files were there, I was not able to give the command X or Xorg

What could be a possible cause for this?

Any ideas.

Old 10-28-2005, 04:29 PM   #2
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I think it was no good idea to install X first from testing, and gnome afterwards from stable.

You should imagine, that gnome doesn't know anything about Xorg, because at the time the packages were built in stable only XFree86 was part of Debian. If you had installed gnome first from stable, and after that Xorg from testing, Xorg would have complained about dependencies and solved them. I.e. upgraded gnome to whatever it had to be to be used with Xorg.

Maybe it is not completely true what I say, and should downward compatibilty be maintained at any time. --But-- your case showed that it did not work.

Why did you install Gnome from stable, and not from testing? What happens if you upgrade gnome now from testing?

I assume testing is stable enough for you, otherwise you would not have risked to install the X-server from testing.



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