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  1. #1

    Unhappy can't open display

    I recently installed linux and have some troubles starting using my machine efficiently.

    In particular, I still unable to strat x windows or any graphical application.

    with "startx" I got the grey screen with an error message: unable to find .xsession file.

    then I created such a file with the command "exec gnome" and then I got the message " gnome is not a command...

    If I try to open xpdf or xdvi or gv I have the message "can't open display"

    Can anyone help?

    Many thanks for your help in advance.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    What distro are you running? Debian, Ubuntu, other?

    Did you successfully install the x-window-system?

  3. #3
    By Distro you mean "linux version": it is Debian.

    yes I have installed x-window-system using apt-get without any error message.


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  5. #4
    Linux Guru bigtomrodney's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Have you installed an Desktop environment or window manager? Try changing that .xsession to say
    exec gnome-session

  6. #5
    It's Ok thinks are all right. After I retarted my computer I got the graphical interface and I logged in to gnome.

    Since It was the first time for me to work with linux, it was an exciting minutes.

    Thanks all !

  7. #6
    haha when i first installed i was like CRAP its deadly :P

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