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topkart94 08-08-2003 03:20 AM

Big Problems starting X windows Mandrake 9.0
I just installed Linux Mandrake 9.0 and when it started up it started in command line. I logged on using the root user, when i type startX or startx etc X windows doesn't boot up, instead i get this error saying -bash: start:command not found..
any ideas please?

MasterC 08-08-2003 03:52 AM

Welcome to LQ :)

startx is case SeNSitiVE so be sure it's all lowercase. Also, you might find it easier to use something like:
To startx with instead of startx as it's your graphical login manager ;)


topkart94 08-08-2003 03:56 AM

Hi MasterC,
I tried running startx and startX, in all imaginable cases :P,. also what do you mean by kdm?
Also i was trying to locate startx on the drive but cannot find it... :\ i cannot log on to the graphical interface :\

MasterC 08-08-2003 03:59 AM

Maybe you didn't install X? Usually startx is in your $PATH so you don't have to worry about where it's located...

As root type:

It'll start up your graphical login utility if it's installed. I'm guessing though that X isn't installed or (less likely) at least not in your $PATH. Post up what you get when you type:
echo $PATH


topkart94 08-08-2003 04:20 AM

When i type echo $PATH i get this


i'm getting mad here not knowing all this :\

MasterC 08-08-2003 04:32 AM

Yeah, you've got the $PATH there, it's likely you don't have X installed...

You have a few choices:
a. reinstall, include X this time;
b. Use the command line to install X, not a biggie on Mandrake;
c. Use the command line! Ok, so really just a or b ;)

With B, you'd login as root and type:
urpmi kde
And when it says you'll also need to install like a billion packages, say OK, it'll say, Oh and these ones too, just say "OK", and when it's all done, you should be able to:
kdm (which starts the graphical login manager)


topkart94 08-08-2003 04:36 AM

Hi Master C, it seems its working, thanks very much for your help and quick respoonse :)

MasterC 08-08-2003 04:51 AM

You're welcome ;)


Kjetil4455 08-08-2003 10:40 AM

if it says "command not found" you may not have installed x ;)

try reinstalling? and use your eyes a bit more this time, if thats the problem

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