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Re: Xdm Problem

Hi, I had this happen to me.  The problem is that you have something 
incorrect in your XF86Config file.  You should look in the xdm-errors 
file mine is in /var/log/xdm-errors.  This file will tell you what the 
error is and tell you what line of the XF86Config file it is in.
I hope this helps.
Paul McDermott

On Wed, 2 Apr 1997, Dennis Young wrote:

> Am in the process of getting a new box up & running.  Am wondering if 
> there is a "simple" (relatively so) x manager that I can use.  I plan to 
> be at the clinic 3rd sat this month with the new unit and -hopefully- 
> some stuff to load onto it.  Thanks in advance, Dennis
> On Mon, 31 Mar 1997, Jim Smith wrote:
> > In several postings to these lists, I have asked many questions and
> > gotten many very good responses.  The last major problem with this
> > system concerns xdm. I have not been able to get xdm to properly start
> > at boot time. Here is where I have gotten to.
> > 	The last 3 lines in my /etc/X11/config file are thus:
> > 		start-xfs
> > 		start-xdm
> > 		xdm-start-server
> > 	my /usr/X11/xdm/Xservers ends with this line:
> > 		:0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X :0 -verbose -bpp 24
> > 					(my card supports 24bit)
> > I believe these to be correct.
> > At boot time, the screen shows the usual scrolling messages, then shows:
> > Starting xfs
> > Starting /usr/X11/bin/xdm.....
> > 
> > Password:
> > 
> > As soon as the "Password:" prompt appears, the display starts "blinking"
> > rapidly as if going into an endless loop. I'm unable to login, change
> > VC's or anything but the "3 fingers". Booting then from the Debian
> > Rescue disk allows me to go in and rename Xservers to something else and
> > restore my backup file to "Xservers". The next bootup is normal and goes
> > all the way to the "Password:" prompt where I enter the root password
> > and proceed as normal. Question: does the login sequence begin with
> > "root" pre-loaded in and can that be changed? It looks like once the
> > login sequence is started it won't allow xdm to proceed. Since xdm
> > provides its own login widget, thats where I would prefer to do my
> > login. I wish to not log in as root unless absolutely necessary. I've
> > found that su root in an xterm gives me all the flexibility I need to do
> > system maintenance and I'm still really logged in as a user. Please, any
> > and all help would be appreciated...
> > 
> > Jim
> > -- 
> > ========================================
> > Debian Linux! Where I REALLY went today!
> > Jim Smith   jim@oz.net
> > http://www.oz.net/~jim/
> > 

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