[NBLUG/talk] Starting in gdm rather than xdm

Mark Street mark at oswizards.com
Mon Aug 15 20:54:38 PDT 2005

startx will .... start X.  But you want a X Display Manager to start in 
runlevel 5.

From what you describe below you may have some more package work to do.  After 
you get a bit closer you can read below and set your "preferred display 
mangager".  Happy package hunting.... ... gdm seems appropriate...

The actual file that sets the DM is /etc/X11/prefdm

Which basically checks a file /etc/sysconfig/desktop to see whether you want 
GNOME, KDE or XDM.  If it finds one it runs it.  If it doesn't then it tries 
one until it succeeds, if it doesn't it exits.

On Monday 15 August 2005 7:44 pm, Todd Cary wrote:
> In order to avoid having a read error from the installer after well
> along the process, I decided to try loading the minimal Linux and then
> installing what I need.  But that is requiring me to expand my knowlege
> about the installation/boot process (not a bad thing).
> So, I used yum to install the GNOME grouplist and I set the ID in
> inittab to 5 so it would boot in the graphical mode.  That did not
> happen, so I loaded the X-Window grouplist and it did bring me into the
> graphical mode (after asking me the setup questions I usually get when I
> do an install in the Graphical mod).
> Now my main question is "how do I get Linux to come up in Gnome"?  It is
> coming up in what I suspect is X-Windows.
> Again, many thanks for your help and patience....
Mark Street, RHCE
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