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).