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[vox-tech] Re: Part Way Into X



I think you missed something. He said the pattern he saw on his monitor
was moving, and that is *definitely* not normal. I speculate that he
doesn't have a ~/.xinitrc or a ~/.xsession, and so he has gotten the
checkerboarded default X screen, with an xterm in the upper-left corner.
(see `man xinit`)

Because of a misconfiguration in his XF86Config or his XF86Config-4, his
monitors scan is not synchronized with his monitor signal, hence we get
a scrolling rainbowish mess of the scene that he should be seeing which
I described above.

As for the ctrl-alt-backspace problem he described, I don't know what
causes it, but I do know that when the RedHat 7.1 machines in the ECS
labs are functioning *properly* they don't allow ctrl-alt-backspace, and
so I can't use ctrl-alt-backspace to log out users that have
disappeared, leaving their computers logged-in and locked.

The problem with the FTP server I am at a loss to explain.

> --- ORIGINAL MESSAGE ---
> Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 09:24:10 -0700
> To: vox-tech@lists.lugod.org
> Subject: Re: [vox-tech] Part Way Into X
> From: Peter Jay Salzman <p@dirac.org>
> Reply-To: vox-tech@lists.lugod.org
> 
> hi jim,
> 
> believe it or not, in a sense, nothing is obviously wrong.  X is prolly
> working just fine.
> 
> for whatever reason, you're not running a window manager or desktop
> manager.  this is what X looks like when she's completely naked and
> exposed.
> 
> i'm not familiar enough with redhat to know how to get your previous
> configuration back.  there are many different ways to get a win manager
> and/or desktop manager running.
> 
> in the meantime, to kill it, just do ctl-alt-backspace as usual.
> 
> what does your $HOME/.xinitrc contain?
> 
> what does your $HOME/.Xsession contain?
> 
> what happened recently that might have changed your system?
> 
> send me the contents of startx 2>filetosendpete
> 
> hth,
> pete
> 
> 
> begin Jim Angstadt <jimajima9@yahoo.com> 
> > Hi All,
> > 
> > [I'm re-sending this.  I used on old address before.]
> > 
> > My Red Hat 7.1 box booted normally to the command line
> > this morning.  Ran startx and hung part way into it. 
> > I see a carpet pattern that slowly moves N to S and is
> > composed of diagonal lines in various colors.
> > 
> > How do I get out of limbo?  Please keep it simple.
> > 
> > ---
> > Jim
> 
> -- 
> Isn't it funny that our president is ok with having every inbred yahoo
> armed to the teeth but is against arming our pilots with even a stun gun?
> 
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