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Old 02-23-2003, 07:07 AM   #1
Registered: Mar 2002
Location: uk
Distribution: slackware-9b, mandrake-8.1
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xfs on slack

Hi all,

I've just installed Slack 9b ( my first slack install ), and I noticed that xfs does not seem to be running.

I know i could start it with xfs -daemon and add
FontPath "unix/:7100"
to my /etc/X11/XF86Config file, but i'm a bit confused as to what difference this will make to my font rendering, as they er, seem to be rendered already.

I'm guessing it doesn't run on Slack by default because of security reasons? I've only used Redhat / Mandrake before, so I suddenly feel I don't know _anything_ .

Also, i read this during a google:

You would run it as xfs -daemon
If this machine is seen by the outside world (machine acts as firewall for home network), its best to NOT run this as root. You'd need to set up a user account 'xfs' that has no shell, some use '/bin/false' as a shell so no one can hack it - also disable the password option using 'x'. Something like:

xfs:x:43:43:X Font Server:/etc/X11/fs:/bin/false

Do you think this is good advice?



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