Bug 62510 - Starting Xconfigurator while running X results in an error.
Starting Xconfigurator while running X results in an error.
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: Xconfigurator (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Mike A. Harris
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2002-04-01 17:39 EST by Peter van Egdom
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:41 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-04-01 17:39:31 EST
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Description Peter van Egdom 2002-04-01 17:39:24 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/3.0.0; Linux) 
Description of problem: 
When in runlevel 5 (running X), and starting "Xconfigurator" in KDE 3 as root,  
results in Xconfigurator starting a test session in display :1 (CTRL-ALT-F8). 
Without doing anything, going back to display :0 (using CTRL-ALT-F7), 
I see an error message from Xconfigurator 'there was a problem ... '. 
Should Xconfigurator be startable while running X ?  
Doesn't it mess up with the running X ? 
How does Alan Cox look without a beard? 
Is there enough Video RAM starting a second X server ? 
On my Matrox Millennium 4 Meg. this appearently does not work. 
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How reproducible: 
Steps to Reproduce: 
1. Start Red Hat Linux release 7.2.92 in Runlevel 5, e.g. running KDE 3. 
2. Start "Xconfigurator" ("su -") ("Xconfigurator") 
3. Give requested information (video RAM, video resolution, etc) to 
Actual Results:   
1. Xconfigurator starts a test display on display :1 (CTRL-ALT-F8). 
   However the expected GNOME test picture does not appear. 
   (only a dotted-gray background with the standard X mouse cursor). 
2. Going back to display :0 (CTRL-ALT-F7) show Xconfigurator with error 
   message. ('there was a problem ...) 
Expected Results:   
Hmm. not really sure if this is a bug or a RFC; 
I think the proper way for Xconfigurator is to : 
- Detect if X is running -> If so -> Abort X setup 
This kind of thing will IMO always result in shortage of Video RAM  
so it's better to make a check in Xconfigurator. 
Additional info: 
Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2002-04-01 23:15:25 EST
Xconfigurator will be going away and being replaced by a new configuration
tool at some point in the future.  Running it while X is already running
is as you surmised - not supported.  I agree that having it detect if X
is running and aborting with a user friendly message is likely the nicer
solution, however I dont think it is worth spending the time on doing such.

Closing WONTFIX, however if someone feels enterprising enough to exercise
their true open source spirit and attach a patch to do this cleanly, I'd
be glad to have a quick peek and apply it.  Feel free to reopen with
attached patch.

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