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Old 05-31-2003, 09:39 PM   #1
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RedHat 8 Install Problem


I just installed RH 8.0 on a new machine and successfully completed the graphical install. When my system reboots, however, I cannot get the X Windows GNOME desktop to start.

When I type STARTX at a prompt after logging in, I am taken
to an XTERM screen with simply a small terminal window, no desktop.

If I exit from that, I see the following error:

"You selected FVWM2 as window maanger but your install does not appear to be functional. The executable /usr/X11R6/bin/fvwm2 was not found on your system.
Resuming with TWM"

I thought maybe a file somehow did not get copied during install so I reinstalled RH after reformatting but the same error still occurs. Anyone seen this before that can help me?

Old 05-31-2003, 09:50 PM   #2
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You could create a file .xinitrc in your user's directory with something like this in it:
exec gnome-session
#exec kde
#Esetroot ~/backgrounds/linux.png &
#gkrellm -w &
#xscreensaver &
#taglines &
#root-tail -g 100x10x0+0 /var/log/messages,yellow /var/log/xferlog,white /var/log/proftpd.log,green /var/log/apache/access_log,blue &
#exec fluxbox
Or you could alias commands to start different wm/de by adding a section to your .bashrc similar to this:
# for launching window manager/desktop environments from console login
alias a='echo DESKTOP=AfterStep > ~/.desktop;startx'
alias ice='echo DESKTOP=icewm > ~/.desktop;startx'
alias kde='echo DESKTOP=KDE3 > ~/.desktop;startx'
alias wm='echo DESKTOP=WindowMaker > ~/.desktop;startx'
alias sf='echo DESKTOP=Sawfish > ~/.desktop;startx'
alias g='echo DESKTOP=Gnome > ~/.desktop;startx'
alias xf='echo DESKTOP=XFce > ~/.desktop;startx'
alias bb='echo DESKTOP=BlackBox > ~/.desktop;startx'
alias fb='echo DESKTOP=FluxBox > ~/.desktop;startx'
alias e='echo DESKTOP=Enlightenment > ~/.desktop;startx'
When you log out and log back in, they should take effect.


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