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Old 03-12-2006, 02:56 PM   #1
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startx automatically

Im using a LFS 6.1 install and have KDE installed as per the BLFS book

At the moment Im booting to run level 3, I have to login and then startx.

How can I get all this to happen automatically? So when I turn the comp on I go all the way into KDE without having to do anything?

At the mo I have only got the root user, what happens when I have a normal user also? kdm seems to be a graphical login screen, but im not sure. Should I install kdm to allow me to choose which user I want to login as?

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Old 03-12-2006, 03:40 PM   #2
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You should edit your inittab file and change it from runlevel 3 to 5. Its located at /etc/inittab

Kdm is a graphical login screen, and it will make you able to choose what user to login.

For LFS I dont know, but most distros wont allow root using a GUI. (security reasons).

Under all circumstances you will need a regular user account on your system. Using the root account for common use is not in any way recommended.

Good luck building it

Just curious: How long did it take you to get your system up and running with LFS?

Sincerely, Jorgen

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Old 03-12-2006, 04:12 PM   #3
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I tried changing runlevel 3 to 5 in inittab but when it booted and got to the command line it just said it had entered runlevel 5 istead of 3. I also tried adding 5 to the grub menu.lst

Maybe I can use a GUI as root because I installed xorg and kde as root?

All in all, including fixing mistakes and even starting again on a few occassions it took me about a week.
The time the install went according to plan and booted it took about 12 hours.

As it is all compiled it depends on your comp though really. I think the compiling time for my comp was about 6 hours, so in theory I could probably do it in 7-8 hours.
Ive got a P4a 2ghz w/512mb DDR400.

BLFS all depends on what you want in your LFS "distro". xorg and kde are big though.
Old 03-12-2006, 09:57 PM   #4
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Ok, if start kdm from the command (before I startx) it goes to login screen which I have set to login automatically with the kdm options.

Its getting it to do the 'kdm' command automatically now.
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Usually, the graphic subsystem (the display manager, or DM) is started up as one of the last items in the /etc/inittab file.

Exmples of DM's include KDM, XDM, and GDM.

If you cannot log-on graphically as root, it is because the display manager has been told not to allow it. This is a configuration-file option that you can change.

But... you might not want to. You know, plenty of things are easy to do in a graphical environment, and the computer will do anything that root commands it to do, without waiting for .. ..

You have been warned.
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Do not establish the habit of logging in as root. This will eliminate pretty much all ofthe security of Linux.


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