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I am new to linux, I have followed and installed Linux about 7 times and after installation i cannot get linux to boot up then go into the desktop enviroment ...
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    starting Gnome or Kde


    I am new to linux, I have followed and installed Linux about 7 times and after installation i cannot get linux to boot up then go into the desktop enviroment mode. I have installed linux as the sole operating system. when i bootup it asks me to log in which i have done, it the just says

    [username@localhost root]#

    i then type "startX" and this happens

    x:auth: creating new authority file /home/root/.Xauthority
    x:auth: creating new authority file /home/root/.Xauthority

    execue failed for etc/x11/x (errno2)
    giving up
    xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2): unable to connect to X server
    xinit: no such process (errno3): server error.

    I dont know what to ype or how to fix this can someone who knows please tell me.

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    Have you really copied the text just as it says? I'm pretty sure that it's supposed to be /etc/X11/X (note, uppercase 'X's and leading '/'). If not, it could explain a whole lot.
    Check if /etc/X11/X exists.
    Could you try running 'telinit 5' instead of 'startx'?
    What distribution is this?

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    this is redhat 7.2 and sorry the text does have capital X's

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    i typed in /etc/X11/X and it says that no such file or directory exists

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    Are you able to execute 'telinit 5"?
    Could you also check for the file /usr/X11R6/bin/XFree86?

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    Same thing....

    Did you ever find a resolution to this? I'm getting the exact error message and I just did apt-get install gnome today.

    Debian latest stable...

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