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Old 12-18-2004, 07:00 PM   #1
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Xwindows selection at boot

How can I boot (by default) into the XWindows selection.
Where its got the sunflower and "session" button at the bottom that allows me to boot into different window managers?

I use XCFE, GNOME and KDE for different reasons and switch between them alot, but have to change them to default when I want to boot them.
Old 12-18-2004, 07:08 PM   #2
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Which desktop-manager are you using? kdm, xdm, gdm?
Old 12-18-2004, 10:58 PM   #3
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edit /etc/inittab to change runlevel from 3 to 4

Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6)
Old 12-19-2004, 09:00 AM   #4
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The sunflower is gdm, which rc.4 will launch first by default. Just change the runlevel to 4 in /etc/inittab. If you've got gnome installed, gdm will be there.

# Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6)
# id:3:initdefault:
Should be right up at the top. I commented the rl3 rather than changing it to 4 for some reason that I can't remember. I do, however, set the default RL to 3 every time I update the kernel, so maybe that's why.

And yes, I personally prefer gdm, even though I use kde mostly. It just looks better, and I prefer the way it handles logins.
Old 12-19-2004, 12:22 PM   #5
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wish i had thought of that
Old 01-06-2005, 06:25 PM   #6
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well. I had the same problem with slackware 10, but after switching run level 4 as default I couldn't enable tty1, tty 2,etc; except tty 7 (the GUI),
does anyone find the solution for this problem?


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