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Old 11-19-2005, 01:56 PM   #1
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PPPOE problem, and a window manager bad setup!

Hi everybody,
I have recently installed Slackware 10.2 with kernel 2.4 on an extra pc and have come across a few problems.

1.First time i logged in as root, I got carried away and gave intuitively an
# xinit ' 'I don't know where that came from I just typed it in'',
which brought me into the Xfce window manager and everything was cool.
However when after a day or so, I created a user account and tried to initiate the Xfce w.m with the
$ xinit
I got this message:

Fatal server error:Server is already active for display 0
if this server is no longer running,
remove /tmp/.X0-lock and start again.
I did remove .X0-lock and started again but nothing changed!

...another related error message was:

could not initialize font path element /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/CID

Have I pass some irreversible settings by mistake?
If I add my user-account to user-group 'root' would I resolve the problem?
...but still how will other users, with less privileges, activate a window manager in the future?

2. I have read some HOW-TOs about configuring my dsl connection...(so I can go to the internet and read all the neat instructions and helpful pdfs and not resort to the forum every time I get stuck )
having read the HOW TO for the dsl....I used the 'pppoe' to set up the connection and even though I occasionally managed to see my modem from a browser I did not manage to configure it properly in order to view other web would think that I have not configured the DNS right but whenever i VI into the 'resolv.conf' file the name servers of my provider are placed in tact. On my three last attempts i did not even get to the point to log on to my modem and the messages I got were the following:

on giving
NOTE: You have enabled demand-connection;
pppoe-status may be inaccurate.
pppoe-status: Link is down (can't read pppoe PID file /var/run/

otherwise and on the more fortunate occasion when I could log onto my modem via a web-browser on the #pppoe-start command I wud get the message that connection timed-out....and the link-down finger!

Any help is greatly appreciated,

even if its a pointer to a huge PDF guide

Thnx people.
Old 11-20-2005, 02:29 AM   #2
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As user run xwmconfig from the command line to choose xfce as your WM. Then use startx to start -not xinit.
Don't use on-demand with PPPOE. Give the 'server' option for DNS.
Don't add users to root group.
All slackers get the CID fonts error -no problem. When x starts it looks around for lots of things that it CAN use, but doesn't have to have them all in order to run. For example, it also looks for IPV6, but runs fine without it.
Old 11-20-2005, 04:13 AM   #3
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Thanx gnsahley,

I already have improved some things while reading an X guide
and will try out ur input
as soon as I log back into the slack-machine!

I did get the internet to work after things will be much easier now! for the X window manager I realised later on that there must be some privilege
grants that I need to configure as a root to the user in order to activate a window
manager cause it seems that so far slackware has constrained the usage of wm inisialisation to the root only.
ur message was definitely reassuring

Old 11-20-2005, 06:42 AM   #4
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How do you make your box get it online?
My box still remaining the same error as yours for pppoe-status
Old 11-20-2005, 08:08 AM   #5
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Well to tell u the truth hunter I just kept on passing the same information on all network configuration options i was aware of ...and after a few attempts it worked....and what do I mean by that....:

i did ....
then gave all the IP, gateway,user account and firewall details i was
prompted for!
(check to see after that if u get any response from browser no matter if the message u get is not clear)

I also tried the following:

# ifconfig -a eth0 netmask

(where is my static ip and for the 255.255.... u should use ur providers details)

(just to check u put the right numbers)

then I did....
# route add default gw
(u pass YOUR gateway number instead)

(just to check)
and i edited the /etc/resolv.conf file by adding my providers nameservers there, which should allready have them on....if u have used the pppoe-start command first)

and finally I also used the
and followed the prompts, i think u should leave this otion last, if previous two fail.

I did all that as root....but i am not sure for the results....somewhere along those settings lies a possible solution. Also check to see that ur ethernet connection is ok (green light on)
and if you manage to see ur router from mozilla or Konqueror browsers, pass some configuration there too.....!

good luckl

Last edited by slacksteep; 11-20-2005 at 08:17 AM.
Old 11-20-2005, 10:48 AM   #6
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Now another problem again
I type pppoe-start, it will timed-out occur. Last time it wil not.

I had try your methods,
route add gw
Host name look up error.

All of the method, failed.
It was drive me crazy.

Last edited by hunterfighter; 11-20-2005 at 09:42 PM.
Old 11-21-2005, 04:04 AM   #7
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mine was timing out as well in the beggining but that was just cause my ethernet wire was not properly in....
make sure u have the right IPs in and the right gateway
I know it can be frustrating....but one should be determined......keep trying....i am afraid i have no more tips to offer.
Did u ever manage to see ur router on the browser....?
Old 11-21-2005, 04:50 AM   #8
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Yes I can even configure my router via browser.
Thanks a lot ya. I try to set my router into router mode. Make it autodail was much more easier.


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