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Re: Xdm

On Tue, 21 Apr 1998, Michael Beattie wrote:

> I've just started having a look at Xdm, and have decided I would like to
> use it if I can do two things.
> 1) How do you add another display (:1), I had a look at the Xservers file,
> and added a new line, but it died...

In the latest xbase package, the default Xservers file contains these
commented lines:

# If you want to add servers yourself, please keep these things in mind:
# - For each X server other than :0, the display number must be on the
#   command line
# - This is the place to add the -bpp option to the command line
# - If you run multiple X servers, it is wise to add the vtXX option to
#   each of them, since this is currently the only sure way of knowing
#   in advance which X server attaches to which console.
# Example:
# :0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X :0 vt9 -bpp 16
# :1 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X :1 vt10 -bpp 8

This should be clear enough, IMHO. Heck, I wrote these lines. :-)

> 2) Can it be made to start in the background, so that on boot up, The
> first console is still showing?

Well, not without a kludge. When the X server starts, it always pops up
the X display. You'd need to change the X server if you want it to just
start and not show up initially. But you can add a command like this to
the start) section in /etc/init.d/xfs :

( sleep 10 ; chvt 1 ) &

This will change the screen back to console #1 ten seconds after xdm is
started. Or you could add a simple 'chvt 1' command to
/etc/X11/xdm/Xsetup_0 . But then the chvt command is also executed every
time you exit the window manager and get the xdm login screen again.

> Hey, I like having my cake and eating it too... :)

Yep, me too. :-)


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