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Old 12-16-2004, 10:47 AM   #1
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XDM does not initialize Fluxbox


I changed the default runlevel in inittab from 3 to 4 to start X immediately after reboot, but once the login screen appears it gets into a loop... I enter my username and password, after which fluxbox is supposed to start. it does seem to start but after halve a second the screen returns to the login screen... and when I login a second time, it does the same: there seems to be some kind of login loop. It doesn.t seem to read the xinitrc file properly.

But then this, when I start the comp.The strange thing is, when I'm in runlevel 3 and I manually start X (startx) there is no problem.

Somewhere between authenticating and starting fluxbox there seems to be a problem...

I tried to edit the X init files and everything, but I can.t get it to work... and I don.t understand why runlevel 4 doesn.t work from after boot, when it does work from the commandline.

running slackware 9.1, Xfree86 4.3.0., xdm, fluxbox (as only WM), kernel 2.6.9

can anyone help me?

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Old 12-16-2004, 02:13 PM   #2
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sounds like you have "2" xinitrc files.........

one would be in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
and the other is in your ~/home/ directory.............
Old 12-16-2004, 02:27 PM   #3
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that is not the case, I only have 1 xinitrc
but I am pretty sure that the problem is related to XDM. It does not initialise fluxbox. Any ideas how to solve this problem? I tried to replace xsm in Xsession with fluxbox, but it doesn.t work...

I have to specify my window manager somehow, but I don.t know how...

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Old 12-16-2004, 02:39 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure that even if he did have 2 xinitrc files the one in ~/home takes precedence over the other.
Old 12-16-2004, 03:02 PM   #5
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Namaseit is correct. Many people have two, the first being the system wide default, for users who dont have one in ~/, and the second (in ~/) overriding the first, if its there.
Old 12-16-2004, 03:16 PM   #6
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fixed the problem... xinitrc was not executable... but I still don.t understand why startx did work...
Old 12-17-2004, 07:30 AM   #7
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startx does NOT initiate runlevel 4 or 5. It simply starts X from runlevel 3.
To avoid a nasty loop, before changing the runlevel in inittab, experiment by running from CLI:
init 4 until you get everything worked out, then change inittab. make sure your graphics card is correctly configured first to avoid the nasty loop.


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