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Old 07-01-2002, 08:34 AM   #1
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login problems after username and password


As a total newbie I just installed Red Hat 7.3. This seems to be ok.

While booting up it asks for localhost login and password.

Then something like this appears:

[username@localhost username]$

What does this mean and how to continue? what ever I try, I get the message:

bash: xxxx: comand not found

Please help me out!

Old 07-01-2002, 09:13 AM   #2
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That's called a prompt. And you can type commands from it. You can use the tab key to autocomplete commands to find out which ones are available. You can then type 'man command' to find out what it does. If you are looking for the command to start the gui it's usually startx. But you probably have to configure a few things before you can get that working.
Old 07-01-2002, 09:15 AM   #3
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umm.. your at a command prompt.
if you don't know what to do, then you better do some reading up on linux and how it works.
What do you mean how to continue, what are you trying to do and use linux for ? might want to read up on some of the howto's at , maybe the bash howto, lookup some commands.. search this site for some info on linux..
oh and if you want the GUI, just type startx and it will start X...

good luck..
Old 07-01-2002, 09:36 AM   #4
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Thanks both!

Actually I (eventually) would like to experiment with running a web server. I chose 'Server' from the installation options. Is it better to select 'Workstation' when starting with Linux and learning how to work with it?

After typing startx I received a bunch of information, among which:

Fatal server error: Addscreen/screeninit failed for driver 0


fatal IO error 104 (connection reset by peer) on x server ":0.0" after 0 requestes (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.


Thanks for that link TrickyKid, I will check it out.

Old 07-01-2002, 12:56 PM   #5
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yeah should be workstation installation if u just want
to learn linux & it's much smoother (atleast in my case it
was) take a look at tldp site before going ahead....
also at

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Old 07-01-2002, 01:20 PM   #6
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Nothing prevents you to install a web, ftp, mail, etc server along with your workstation installation.
Old 07-01-2002, 01:35 PM   #7
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Yes, I checked the Red Hat manuals and saw for instance a graphical user interface as the login window (mine was a black blinking Dos alike window).

I decided to reinstall everythinng (which I am doing now) and chose for workstation this time.

Let's see if this helps,



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