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Old 06-21-2003, 10:12 AM   #1
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Gentoo X11 Problem

Hi All,

I've been trying to get a desktop Linux box working and have hit a wall getting X on the Gentoo box.

I am following the guide at, so far I've compiled X, and run XF86Config. When I do startx I get:


./stratx: line 112: xauth: command not found
./stratx: line 113: xauth: command not found
./stratx: line 112: xauth: command not found
./stratx: line 113: xauth: command not found
./stratx: line 151: xauth: command not found
./stratx: line 1: xauth: command not found


Seems like somethings not properly installed (startx wasn't in the command path either, I had to do "./startx"...)

Any ideas?

Old 06-22-2003, 12:23 AM   #2
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Since startx is a script to "start X" You might wanna take a look at it. However, FYI, I had very little problems using Gentoo to configure X, so maybe one of your USE flags is stopping a needed package from getting installed. Post em up.

Another idea, what is "stratx"? Did you type it wrong? Make sure you have a wm installed (KDE, Gnome, Fluxbox, openbox...) and a corresponding entry in your HOME directory within the xinitrc. That sentence isn't very clear:
Make sure you have a file in your USER'S home directory (you should be doing this with a user as it's very rarely necessary to use root in X) (which is characterized as ~ in most tutorials) called .xinitrc and in that file you have a line that says:
exec /path/to/your/preferred/window/manager
So if you are using fluxbox, and it's installed to /opt/fluxbox/fluxbox then:
exec /opt/fluxbox/fluxbox
If your $PATH is the problem, edit /etc/profile and make sure you are editing your USER path's and not the ROOT's path.


Old 06-22-2003, 02:54 PM   #3
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I think gentoo installs twm with xfree during the emerge. ONce yuo run xf86config you should just be able to type startx. If everything is configured right, twm (?) should start. I agree with masterc on the flags issue. I haven't had any problems with getting x to start. Just a heads up: on both of my gentoo installs, there is no .xinitrc file, you have to make it yourself (unless I missed something along the way).


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