I can see now that in my DebianLive/chroot directory, the etc/inittab file contains
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1
2:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty2
3:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty3
4:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty4
5:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty5
6:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty6,
but when looking on my running live system, built from this, I can see that inittab reads
1:2345:respawn:/bin/login -f user </dev/tty1 >/dev/tty1 2>&1
1:23:respawn:/bin/login -f user </dev/tty2 >/dev/tty2 2>&1
1:23:respawn:/bin/login -f user </dev/tty3 >/dev/tty3 2>&1
1:23:respawn:/bin/login -f user </dev/tty4 >/dev/tty4 2>&1
1:23:respawn:/bin/login -f user </dev/tty5 >/dev/tty5 2>&1
1:23:respawn:/bin/login -f user </dev/tty6 >/dev/tty6 2>&1
Who is changing my inittab file, and when?
Why does the command startx in .bash_profile result in the X server complaining about a server already running, when omitting the startx command in .bash_profile results in X not starting at all?
Subject: RE: How do I enable X autologin without using a display manager?
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 07:47:12 +0000
Thank You for helping me!
I have tried to edit the files you wrote about, but I still don't get it to work properly.
In my Debian Live build, I have aldready got the line
1:2345:respawn:/bin/login -f user </dev/tty1 >/dev/tty1 2&>1,
and no line containing getty. Is this because if have configured the live-helper to enable autologin?
Still, when I am adding startx to my .bash_profile, the X server complains about "server already running on display 0. Remove the X lock file in /tmp".
So, I suspect that I somehow already have got a live build that enables X autologin, so I try once again to build without a .bash_profile and without editing /etc/inittab, but still with a .xinitrc that starts my application. The result then is the same as usual. I get to a console, automatically logged in as user "user", but no X.
In your post about the inittab and the .bash_profile, I notice that the line in .bash_profile says 'startx "'. Is the quotation mark (") accidentaly put there, or should it be included (and why in that case)?
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> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: How do I enable X autologin without using a display manager?
> Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 22:39:29 +0700
> On Friday 27 March 2009 09:34:44 Iwan Setiawan wrote:
> > Put startx in .xinitrc, and include it in chroot_local-includes/~?
> Thanks to varadarajan narayanan for making me notice that my first reply has
> gone nowhere & not complete :D
> Actually I have used 3 files to do the autologin without display manager, but
> I still use desktop environment:
> - /etc/inittab and .bash_profile like varadarajan stated
> - also .xinitrc which I said earlier. It contains:
> /usr/bin/qiv -zr /usr/share/dir/images/
> sudo /usr/bin/app &
> This script, as you all know, run qiv to display wallpaper randomly, app to
> generate something, and start the LXDE.
> Ok. In case anybody was wondering why i replied with .xinitrc right away :)
> There is a word for that and that word is "crap".
> - Alexander Viro on linux-kernel
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