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Old 05-25-2010, 09:49 AM   #1
Dobbin22
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Lost my startx - black screen with mouse cursor


Redhat Ent Linux ES Release 2 (Taroon 8)
Kernel 2.4.21-4.ELsmp

startx(1): initialize X session - Linux man page

I thought I'd look into methods of recovering from a lost
password for future use, how to change the passwd and shadow
should I need to. So I started an X session, vi'd my .swp
files then logged off.

Perhaps I changed one of these files accidentally, but my intent
was just to view them which I did.

After starting up my computer the next day and logging in I
began an X session - "startx". The session appears to have
started, but with a black screen and an active mouse cursor.

Where should I begin looking to repair this problem? I'd say a
.conf file is first on the list, but this is new to me. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
 
Old 05-25-2010, 02:10 PM   #2
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It's not quite clear from your description what exactly you're doing.
I'll assume that you didn't uninstall your window manager/desktop
environment, but rather just screwed up some config files (btw,
going to edit a .swp is ALWAYS a bad idea). Check the content of
~/.xsession and/or ~/.xinitrc, see whether they point at a valid
WM/DE and whether they are syntactically correct.
 
Old 05-26-2010, 10:28 AM   #3
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If you use startx to start up X then you run your window manager from the .xinitrc fi

"If you use startx to start up X then you run your window manager from the .xinitrc file."

http://it.toolbox.com/wiki/index.php..._vs._Usability

Thanks for your reply. I'd prefer to work out the bugs with a little help. I'm from the DOS world and new to Linux. Hope you a patient, but
I'll come up short most of the time wading through syntax and jargon.
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>KDM (Logged in okay).

With little experience a GUI will help me a lot. Can you direct me through KDM to view files I cannot find (~/.xsession and/or ~/.xinitrc)?

ps..[Also, I noticed a "find" command in liunx doesn't seem to search multiple directories. OpenVMS for instance provides that capability].
 
  


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