-inetd option with RH7.2

Brian Turner bturner6 "at" bigpond.net.au
Thu, 07 Mar 2002 16:04:59 +0000


If I set the prefdm runlevel to 3 it simply launches an X desktop.  I'd like
to start up in runlevel 3 and not have to launch into X.

I tried reloading RH 7.2 with gnome and got a little further (sort of).

The bottom line is that my standard RH 7.2 installation with either kde or
gnome with runlevel 3 does not seem to have an xdm running (xdm, kdm, gdm or
whatever).  Therefore, port 177 is not open for XDMCP and I just get a grey
screen from vncviewer.

If I start a gnome session, either just from the console or changing the
prefdm runlevel to 3 in inittab, vnc works fine.  Obviously this is because
I now have an xdm listening for XDMCP (this didn't work for kde but I'll
worry about that later).

So...my specific question is: how do I get an xdm (pref. kdm) running on RH
7.2, with runlevel 3 without launching an X desktop?

Everyone's patience with me is appreciated.  I realise this is one of the
most common issues in the archives but I can't find a specific answer after
hours of searching!

TIA.

Brian Turner
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Ossmann" <michael.ossmann "at" alttech.com>
To: <vnc-list "at" uk.research.att.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2002 5:37 AM
Subject: Re: -inetd option with RH7.2


> On Wed, Mar 06, 2002 at 06:53:31PM +1100, Brian Turner wrote:
> >
> > `ps -A | grep dm` doesn't show anything (well, sendmail :) ).
> >
> > I tried to follow this through: inittab starts a script called 'prefdm'
> > which appears to identify the correct dm and start it with the -nodaemon
> > switch.  I understand this suppresses kdm from running in the
background?
>
> My guess is that prefdm is set to run at runlevel 5.  Is your
> initdefault set to 5?  If you want X over VNC but don't want X on the
> local console, then you might want to leave the initdefault at 3 (or
> whatever it is set to) but set prefdm to start at 3 instead of 5.
>
> --
> Mike Ossmann, Tarantella/UNIX Engineer/Instructor
> Alternative Technology, Inc.  http://www.alttech.com/
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