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Old 01-25-2002, 02:58 PM   #1
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Angry vmware - Win2K-host & slackware-guest


I am researching an issue with VMware GSX Server v1.0 for NT/2000. The host OS is Win2K Adv Svr, and the guest is slackware with a stock 2.4.5 kernel. I've looked through the msgs on the server, and none resemble my problem.

My initial thoughts are that slackware is not the distro with which to try out vmware. There is an abundance of documentation for SuSE, RedHat, and Caldera, but nothing directly related to slackware. Here's my issue:

The 2K host OS is set up, with the GSX svr running on it - no problems there. Slackware actually installs fine inside the virtual server, networking properly set up and everything. The problem occurs when trying to start gnome - or - kde or any other GUI for that matter. you're not supposed to use the X server on the guest OS, vmware tools installs an X server for you to use. This apparently runs fine, as executing 'startx' after logging in reveals "an x server is already running". So, I try executing 'gdm', my default. I receive the message "Only root wants to run gdm".

I setuid'ed gdm, with no effect. It appears vmware's x server is not running under the right user, but I haven't found out how to check that. Also, other distros have Xwrapper included with them to handle X's need for root priveleges, but I can't find this on my slack install. Of course I can compile it if necessary, but thought I would do some research first to make sure I haven't missed something else.

Any ideas?



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