Bug 61505 - exec of /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients in xinitrc fails
Summary: exec of /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients in xinitrc fails
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Status: CLOSED WORKSFORME
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: xinitrc
Version: 7.2
Hardware: noarch
OS: Linux
medium
low
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Mike A. Harris
QA Contact: Aaron Brown
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Blocks: FC3Target
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Reported: 2002-03-20 20:10 UTC by Mike Snitzer
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:41 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2004-09-24 06:47:58 UTC


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patch to source Xclients instead of exec (515 bytes, patch)
2002-03-21 20:23 UTC, Mike Snitzer
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Description Mike Snitzer 2002-03-20 20:10:36 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.77 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.2.19-6.2.7smp i686; Nav)

Description of problem:
If I attempt to "startx" on a 7.2 install the X server starts but only displays
a grey background (only X is running no gome-session et al).  If I change
/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc to source ('.') /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients rather than exec
Xclients everything works.  That is gnome-session starts, sawfish is loaded,
etc.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:
Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  startx
2.  watch grey screen
3.  ctrl-alt-backspace
	

Actual Results:  grey screen of core X server is displayed, meaning Xclients is
never exec'd this has been verified with various echo debugging when starting X

Expected Results:  /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients should be run and then gnome-session
should be started along with sawfish and the rest of the gnome desktop.

Additional info:

I'm at a loss as to why sourcing /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients fixes the problem
whereas exec of Xclients never actually happens...  no X related rpms or files
are being modified.  If I run Xconfigurator and test the setup I specified
(while maintaining exec /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients in xinitrc) the test display
starts and works perfectly fine with sawfish, gnome panel, etc running.

After I finish Xconfigurator and type startx the grey X server just sits there;
that is until I ctrl-alt-backspace out of X and change line 72 of
/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc to:

    . /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients

Any suggestions?

Comment 1 Mike Snitzer 2002-03-21 20:23:35 UTC
Created attachment 49486 [details]
patch to source Xclients instead of exec

Comment 2 Mike A. Harris 2002-03-22 04:11:59 UTC
Are you using bash as your login shell, or tcsh or some other shell?

Comment 3 Mike Snitzer 2002-03-22 05:28:44 UTC
I am using bash as the login shell. btw, Xclients has permissions 755 and has
#!/bin/bash

Comment 4 Mike A. Harris 2004-09-24 06:47:58 UTC
This bug was reported a long time ago, however I remember investigating
it when I added my initial comment above.  At that time, I was
not able to reproduce the problem.  I use startx almost exclusively
to start up the X server on all my systems, and I have never
encountered this problem on any OS release.  The code in xinitrc
simply exec's the /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients script, which as you've
indicated above is executable.

I'm going to assume that this was a configuration or installation
quirk on your system, as no other user has reported this to us
as a bug, and many people use 'startx' to start the X server, so
the problem must have been isolated to that specific system.

Setting bug state to "WORKSFORME", as this is unreproduceable, and
nobody else seems to have this problem on other systems.


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