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No xinitrc file for users - I want root to be the user

Posted on 2004-08-23
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OK, when I remote into my linux box as root, I want to be able to start the xWindow on start up.  I do not have a xinitrc file, do not know what's supposed to be in it aside from the startx command and do not know where to put it so that any user who logs on gets the windows x.

Can someone help me?  Thanks!

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by:willy134
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what distribution of linux are you using?  What do you want to start?  How are you remoting into your box?  Are you do xdmcp queries?

Try this put

startkde

in a file called .xinitrc in your home directory.
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by:foreverdita
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Please forgive my ignorance - I have never used Linux before.  Do I name the file .xinirtc?  If so, how do I create that file using a linux command?
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I want to start windows x - it says to put this line in my .xinitrc file, which I do not have.

/usr/share/xpde/bin/startxpde

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by:willy134
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yes name the file .xinitrc

Just open up and editor and do it.

vi example

vi .xinitrc
---it will start vi (a console based editor)
then type in

i                                     ----starts insert mode
/usr/share/xpede/bin/startxpde

escape button then type :x (colon x)
that should create the file for you.
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OK, I did that.  And now when I go to the box, it should give me the xpde, correct?
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by:ttimonen
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You don't really want to run X session as root.
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ttimonen is right you don't want to do that....

However, we can't stop you.

now if you are running an xserver on the machine you are logging in from you can log in and hopefully xpde runs.

If you are running from windows you might want to look into vnc.  http://www.realvnc.com

then log into your linux box and run vncserver  (set up password)
then kill it with
vncserver -kill :1
then go to your .vnc directory and edit the xstartup file to point to xpde instead of twm
then run vncserver again

from your windows machine run vncviewer adn connect to
youlinux.box.domain:1

that should be what you want.

Just be very careful.  Root has a lot of power and linux gives you plenty of rope to hang yourself.

I usually run su or sudo
su will let you change a terminal session to a root terminal session and sudo will let you run program with root permissions.

look at /etc/sudoers to see how to set up sudo


good luck
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