Re: X Windows
On Wed, 15 May 1996, Dale Scheetz wrote:
> When I try xdm as a user (with the server up and running via root) I get
> Only root wants to use xdm
> Have I got some permissions wrong? Or have I just missunderstood...again.
You have misunderstood. When it is set up correctly, xdm can be started
as part of the boot process. It will start an X server and provide a
If you don't want it to be started automatically, you can still configure
it and start it from a root shell.
By 'configured' I really mean that there should be a line in
/etc/X11/xdm/Xservers to start your local X server. It should look like:
:0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X
You should be prompted about this when you install the X packages. If you
aren't, you've probably said either Yes or No to it in the past. If you
are using the latest version of the X packages, see /etc/X11/config in
conjunction with /usr/doc/X11/debian.README
If you want to run xdm, but don't want it to run an X server, you can
remove that line from /etc/X11/xdm/Xservers (and set the
no-xdm-start-server option in /etc/X11/config). You can then start an X
server and get a login window with a command like:
/usr/X11R6/bin/X -query hostname
...where hostname is your machine's name.