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Old 04-14-2005, 10:52 AM   #1
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New instances of X?

When using Mepis, I noticed that when the screen was locked I could click Start New Session to start a new instance of X and KDM on the screen accessible with Ctrl-Alt-F8. (What's that called? It wouldn't be tty8 because it isn't a virtual terminal, right?)

I would like to do that with my Debian and Gnome setup. Could anyone give me some advice on how to start a new instance of X and GDM on a new screen?

I would ideally have a button on XScreenSaver's lock screen popup to do that, but it seems like it would be a lot of work to add it unless it's already supported somewhere.
Old 04-15-2005, 08:04 PM   #2
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xinit -- :1 (second X)

Raise the number by one each time for additional instances.
Old 04-16-2005, 02:42 AM   #3
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Thanks. That starts a failsafe X session, though. Is there a way to use Gnome or GDM?


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