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unusable X setup after new install....


i just boostrapped a machine into debian to show how nice this is in
confront to suse, and am loosing some face here.... :(

it took some time to get X to start, that part is now a little bit
solved, but now when i log in with gdm it starts up a gnome env but
without a windowmanager!!!

strange thing, i configured the default windowmanager with
update-alternatives --config x-window-manager..... just to confirm it:
 update-alternatives --config x-window-manager

There are 3 alternatives which provide `x-window-manager'.

  Selection    Alternative
*     1        /usr/bin/fvwm2
      2        /usr/bin/metacity
 +    3        /usr/bin/sawfish

nevertheless even if this is ugly, on startup there's one xterm firing
up, so i typed in the windowmanager by hand... e.g. sawfish...

surprise, the xterm, even if it seems to be emtpy (= no shell) has
actually one in it... the command responded....

i had postponed that one, until i had a proper windowmanager installed,
but the problem remains.... all xterms are empty, even if they respond
to commands.... so i suppose that there's some additional font problem?

that's all just too strange.... i use debian flawlessly since years....
but as it seems the install procedure of debian still sucks as hell.... 

so i really would love to present something at least usable by a noob:
- login through gdm or xdm without the message there is no windowmanager
- something visible in the xterms....

any way to achieve that?

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