Debian X package shouldn't install XDM by default
So who's the rocket scientist who decided that if XWindows gets
installed, then XDM should be enabled?
I hadn't messed with my new debian PPC installation since I downloaded
all the packages, but when I did download them, I retrieved the complete
X11 package, then after the packages were installed a logged in via the
tty screen which I guess runs under the Mac framebuffer, and was able to
start X but then I found that the mouse didn't work.
Imagine my suprise when I started my debian installation up again for
the first time in a few days and found the XDM login prompt. Well,
that's OK, just press ctrl-command-delete and it kills the x server,
then I can login and - whoa! - the X server restarts and I have the XDM
I could log in alright, but I couldn't move the mouse. XWindows is not
yet doing me a whole lot of good and what was really upsetting was that
I could not log in at the console to disable it.
I tried to telnet in from another machine but there was no telnet
server. Ah, but I had installed ssh - but debian installs ssh1 and my
other machine had ssh2. So I forcibly rebooted it and brought it up
single user mode and started removing the xdm startup scripts from the
Please, please, please whoever is responsible for maintaining these
packages don't install a startup script that's going to render a user's
system unusable until the user has had the opportunity to verify that it
works on their own, personal, particular system.
Michael D. Crawford
GoingWare Inc. - Expert Software Development and Consulting
Tilting at Windmills for a Better Tomorrow.