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Re: xdm config after install

On Mon, 6 May 1996, Douglas Bates wrote:

> When xbase was being installed I thought I responded that I wanted xdm
> to be started at boot time.  Now I can see that after a reboot an xdm
> process is running but no X-server is started on the default display.

It's a known bug in the current X packages; they don't put the 
appropriate line in /etc/X11/xdm/Xservers. Add the following line to this 
file and things should work:

:0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X

> If I try to configure xbase again I get

You can't configure a package that's already configured.

> I can run an X server as root by using startx.  I cannot run it as a
> regular user; presumably because of permission problems.

You can change who is allowed to run an X server by editing 
/etc/X11/Xserver; there are three choices: RootOnly, Console and Anybody.

> I would welcome suggestions on what to reconfigure so the X server
> starts up at boot time.

If adding the line to /etc/X11/xdm/Xserver doesn't work, try adding the
line 'start-xdm' to /etc/X11/config. If there's a line there saying
'no-start-xdm' then remove it. This controls whether xdm is started at

If /etc/X11/config doesn't exist then you have an old version of the X 

I've answered the question about /etc/X11/xdm/Xservers about five times
now, and each time the answer has been posted to debian-user. Please would
people check through the most recent messages before posting questions, as
some questions really are frequently asked. 

I'll release a fixed set of X packages soon (as soon as I've finished my 
dissertation - there's a deadline soon).

Steve Early

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