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Bug#267744: xbase-clients: [startx] should warn (or work correctly) if display is not the first server argument

Package: xbase-clients
Version: 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4
Severity: normal


I was trying to run

  startx /usr/X11R6/bin/xterm -- /usr/X11R6/bin/Xnest -geometry 640x480 :1

but xterm appeared on :0. In /usr/X11R6/bin/startx I found

  # display must be the FIRST server argument

so I tried

  startx /usr/X11R6/bin/xterm -- /usr/X11R6/bin/Xnest :1 -geometry 640x480

which worked. It would be good to have this constraint mentioned in the man page
or by startx. Or even better, it shouldn't even exist.



-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (600, 'testing'), (50, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.7-1-686
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=hu_HU

Versions of packages xbase-clients depends on:
ii  cpp                      4:3.3.4-2       The GNU C preprocessor (cpp)
ii  libc6                    2.3.2.ds1-13    GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libdps1                  4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  Display PostScript (DPS) client li
ii  libexpat1                1.95.6-8        XML parsing C library - runtime li
ii  libfontconfig1           2.2.3-1         generic font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6             2.1.7-2.2       FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libice6                  4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  libncurses5              5.4-4           Shared libraries for terminal hand
ii  libpng12-0            PNG library - runtime
ii  libsm6                   4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Window System Session Management
ii  libstdc++5               1:3.3.4-6sarge1 The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii  libxaw7                  4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Athena widget set library
ii  libxcursor1              1.1.3-1         X cursor management library
ii  libxext6                 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Window System miscellaneous exte
ii  libxft2                  2.1.2-6         FreeType-based font drawing librar
ii  libxi6                   4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Window System Input extension li
ii  libxmu6                  4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Window System miscellaneous util
ii  libxmuu1                 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  lightweight X Window System miscel
ii  libxpm4                  4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X pixmap library
ii  libxrandr2               4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Window System Resize, Rotate and
ii  libxrender1              0.8.3-7         X Rendering Extension client libra
ii  libxt6                   4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Toolkit Intrinsics
ii  libxtrap6                4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Window System protocol-trapping
ii  libxtst6                 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Window System event recording an
ii  libxv1                   4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Window System video extension li
ii  xlibmesa3-gl [libgl1]    4.2.1-12.1      Mesa 3D graphics library [XFree86]
ii  xlibmesa3-glu [libglu1]  4.2.1-12.1      Mesa OpenGL utility library [XFree
ii  xlibs                    4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Window System client libraries m
ii  xlibs-data               4.3.0.dfsg.1-4  X Window System client data
ii  zlib1g                   1:     compression library - runtime

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