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Old 12-04-2003, 05:57 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Louisville aka Derby City
Distribution: WinXP SP2 and SP3, W2K Server, Ubuntu
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Unhappy Need help 'Startx' fails to start Xwindows

When giving command 'startx' or when running at runlevel 5, Xwindows fails to strt and gives the following error (Thanks for any help):


Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.21-2.ELsmp i686 [ELF]
Build Host:

Module Loader present
OS Kernel: Linux version 2.4.20-20.8 (
(gcc version 3.2 20020903 (Red Hat Linux 8.0 3.2-7)) #1 Mon Aug 18
14:59:07 EDT 2003
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Thu Dec 4 18:51:30 2003
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config"

(gnome-session:1245): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: specified class size for
type `PangoXftFontMap' is smaller than the parent type's `PangoFontMap'
class size

(gnome-session:1245): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: file gobject.c: line 615
(g_object_new): assertion `G_TYPE_IS_OBJECT (object_type)' failed

waiting for X server to shut down .
Old 12-05-2003, 01:40 AM   #2
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Location: Chennai, India
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i normally get this problem when i have a corrupted /root/.xinitrc file or whatever user u have logged on as like /bob/.xinitrc...try deleting the appropriate .xinitrc file

also , if it still doesnt work ...try typing kdm, xdm or gdm

tell me what happened when u deleted .xinitrc
Old 12-09-2003, 02:40 PM   #3
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The file wasnt corrupted but all of the other window managers worked fine. SOmehow when I installed Pango I messed up gnome. I dont understand how Xmanagers work and I am not sure what I did. I upgraded to RH9 and this fixed the problem. I'm too noobish to fix it so I took the easy way out.


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