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Old 08-11-2003, 02:24 PM   #1
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no x windows on bootup


I installed RH9 and had no problems for a couple weeks until I messed around and tried to install LTSP on my machine.

Something happened so that X wouldn't start -- although, I can log in to the text screen and then type "startx" and things work normally after that.

here is a copy of my /etc/inittab

# inittab This file describes how the INIT process should set up
# the system in a certain run-level.
# Author: Miquel van Smoorenburg, <>
# Modified for RHS Linux by Marc Ewing and Donnie Barnes

# Default runlevel. The runlevels used by RHS are:
# 0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# 1 - Single user mode
# 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
# 3 - Full multiuser mode
# 4 - unused
# 5 - X11
# 6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)

# System initialization.

l0:0:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 0
l1:1:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 1
l2:2:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 2
l3:3:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 3
l4:4:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 4
l5:5:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 5
l6:6:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 6

ca::ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown -t3 -r now

# When our UPS tells us power has failed, assume we have a few minutes
# of power left. Schedule a shutdown for 2 minutes from now.
# This does, of course, assume you have powerd installed and your
# UPS connected and working correctly.
pf:owerfail:/sbin/shutdown -f -h +2 "Power Failure; System Shutting Down"

# If power was restored before the shutdown kicked in, cancel it.
pr:12345owerokwait:/sbin/shutdown -c "Power Restored; Shutdown Cancelled"

# Run gettys in standard runlevels
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6

# Run xdm in runlevel 5
x:5:respawn:/etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon
# The following 'xdm' line was added Thu Aug 7 20:23:22 PDT 2003
# by the ltsp installation script
#x:5:respawn:/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm -nodaemon

i commented the last line (seems like that might be part of the problem) and uncommented the line after "run xdm in runlevel 5" but still no graphical login like i used to have...

any ideas, or other places to check for error messages, etc.?

Old 08-11-2003, 02:27 PM   #2
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for X error messages you'll usually find them in :
Old 08-11-2003, 03:11 PM   #3
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but i dont see any problems there. (not that i know what i am looking for)

x starts up just fine.

the problem seems that i cant get the graphical login to start in runlevel 5. i can log in in a window that looks like runlevel 3 and then type startx and then i get everything.

here is the last line from the XFree86.0.log (it seems to be the only line that might be suspect)
AUDIT: Mon Aug 11 11:54:45 2003: 2855 X: client 4 rejected from local host

is there somewhere else i can look to see why the prefdm program isnt running?
Old 08-11-2003, 09:46 PM   #4
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any chance anyone knows what

x:5:respawn:/etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon




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