Bug 8807 - X startup failure on laptopsystem
Summary: X startup failure on laptopsystem
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: xinitrc
Version: 6.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Preston Brown
QA Contact:
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Reported: 2000-01-24 19:58 UTC by rickf
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2000-01-24 20:28:44 UTC

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Description rickf 2000-01-24 19:58:57 UTC
In both beta 1 & beta 2 entering "startx" after installation gives only a
row of white dots at the bottom of the screen, followed by a blue line that
switches to a white line, then goes black.  Requires <CTRL><ALT><BS> to

Redirecting screen output shows following error messages:

Mach64: Cannot read colourmap from VGA.  Will restore with default
/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc: [: too many arguments
AUDIT: Mon Jan 24 11:14:31 2000: 610 X: client 6 rejected from local host
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: Client is not authorized to connect to Server
xscreensaver: Can't open display: :-
xscreensaver: initial effective uid/gid was root/root (0/0)
xscreensaver: running as nobody/nobody (99/99)

Adding "xhost +" to /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc causes the Audit & xlib errors
to vanish, and the xscreensaver messages, but I still get the "[: too many
arguments" message, and an error is added for "subshell.c":

subshell.c: couldn't get terminal settings: Inappropriate ioctl for device.

kudzu output correctly reflects my video chipset on this laptop system as
ATI 3D Rage LT Pro AGP-133

NOTE: this controller set not recognized during the installation screen.

This video chipset is recognized, reported, and works correctly under 6.1

Comment 1 rickf 2000-01-24 20:06:59 UTC
Additional data:

Have identified the "[: too many arguements" error message as originating at
the line in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc:

if [ -z $XKB_IN_USER -a ! -L /etc/X11/X ]; then


Comment 2 Preston Brown 2000-01-24 20:28:59 UTC
this has been corrected.

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