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Re: xdm will not open display

As suggested, I have made the strace information available at


the strace data was generated with the command:

strace -f -ff -o/root/xdm.trace /etc/init.d/xdm start &

the xdm.log and XFree86.0.log files are from boot,
the xdm.log.trace and XFree86.0.log.trace are from the strace.

I have also included some of the configuration files.  Let me know
others that should be added to aid in debugging.

I have also noticed that when run with strace, an xdm.pid will be 
created in /var/run, but there is no xdm.pid in /var/run when 
xdm is started at boot time, though an xdm process still runs
to put the login on my X terminal (Envizex1 in the logs).


Lance Lancetag at Luminet dot net

On Wed, Aug 17, 2005 at 04:56:01PM +0200, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Aug 2005, Lance Tagliapietra wrote:
> > My xdm.log file had the following after a boot:
> > Wed Aug 17 00:16:42 2005 xdm error (pid 2084): hung in XOpenDisplay(:0), aborting
> > Wed Aug 17 00:16:42 2005 xdm error (pid 2084): server open failed for :0, giving up
> > Wed Aug 17 00:16:42 2005 xdm error (pid 1455): display :0 cannot be opened
> > Wed Aug 17 00:16:42 2005 xdm error (pid 1455): display :0 is being disabled
> So xdm failed to start the X server for display 0.
> > If I run X by iteself, as root: X -ac, for example, I will get an X 
> > display and X cursor, but no log in window.
> But the X server works!
> So it looks like (a) xdm runs a different command to start the X server or (b)
> it runs the correct one, but passing weird parameters.
> Can you check (using e.g. strace) which X server xdm tries to run? And look in
> /etc/xdm/xdm.conf.
> Gr{oetje,eeting}s,
> 						Geert
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