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Old 01-27-2005, 05:14 AM   #1
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Problems after installing XFree86

Hi - is anyone able to help a newb?!

I installed Fedora Core 3 on my desktop and then needed XFree86 for something.

I went through all the instructions as outlined on the site, including ensuring I had no X session running by chaning the inittab file to not load up gnome at the start. I could start gnome running from the console by typing in "startx" (definitely tested this).

After going through the installation procedure, I then ran the XFree86 -configure option. This produced me a new configuration file. It didn't pick up my mouse so I had to edit the config directly. After than, running the XFree86 with this config file to test it brought up a green screen with a little X icon for the mouse... this was from running the following:

XFree86 -xf86config /root/

According to a forum entry very similar to this I found, this "green screen" was just XFree86 testing itself and everything had gone well.

Therefore, I rebooted the system. When it had started up again, after logging in as root I typed startx.

What came up was what I imagine the default X gui... i.e a green screen, a clock in the corner and a few console windows open.

Checking the logs afterwards told me it couldn't "init font path element" for two fonts : TTF and CID. Woudl that have anything to do with it?

How can I get gnome running again ?- have been googling it for hours now to no avail. I think my problem is that I don't know which particular component is responsible for loading up gnome.

Thanks in advance

Old 01-27-2005, 05:58 AM   #2
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log in as the user you want to use, and create an empty file:

touch .xinitrc
then edit the file with your favorite text editor and add this line:

exec gnome-session
save and close & startx

EDIT: by the way, what you were looking as is TWM- the tabbed window manager.

Last edited by __J; 01-27-2005 at 05:59 AM.
Old 01-27-2005, 06:13 AM   #3
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Thanks for the information - that worked great! I really thought I had screwed it up there!
Old 01-27-2005, 06:18 AM   #4
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if you want to change it to another session, comment out that line ( put a # before exec)
and add the new session:

exec startkde
exec enlightenment
exec fluxbox
exec whatever....

beware that some window managers and such are in different places or called by different names than what you would expect.


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