These classnotes are depreciated. As of 2005, I no longer teach the classes. Notes will remain online for legacy purposes

UNIX02/XFree86 Control

Classnotes | UNIX02 | RecentChanges | Preferences

Often, you will have XFree86 run at boot and use a login manager to gain access to your machine. This is done by having the following entry in your /etc/inittab file (see /The init Process):
 # Run xdm in runlevel 5
 # xdm is now a separate service
 x:5:respawn:/etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon

However, if you have not set XFree86 to run automatically, the common way to start it once you have logged in is with the following command:

 $ startx

To kill your X session imediately without waiting to log out (if X has crashed or you've lost mouse control) you can press "Ctrl-Alt-Backspace".

If XFree86 runs at boot, then "Ctrl-Alt-Backspace" will kill X, which will then restart and leave you at the login manager.

Classnotes | UNIX02 | RecentChanges | Preferences
This page is read-only | View other revisions
Last edited May 10, 2003 1:40 am (diff)
(C) Copyright 2003 Samuel Hart
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.