XFCE starts as root w/o login screen

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Wed Feb 3 04:54:39 CET 2010

On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 5:51 PM, Doug Laidlaw <laidlaws at hotkey.net.au> wrote:
> On Wed, 3 Feb 2010 10:19:05 am Mark Knecht wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 3:09 PM, Mark Neis <neismark at gmx.de> wrote:
>> > Hash: SHA1
>> >
>> > Hi Doug,
>> >
>> > thanks for taking the time to answer.
>> >
>> > You said:
>> >> Since XFCE is only the desktop, your problem is further up, or back.
>> >
>> > That's exactly my problem. I'm not sure where to look.
>> > My understanding so far has been that the display manager asks for a
>> > login. Hence I should probably try to install and start xdm...
>> >
>> >> You need to have a user account in the OS, and login as that user.
>> >
>> > I do have a user account on the system (I created one), but finding a
>> > way to make the system require a login beats me. It does on the
>> > console (i. e. on a different tty), but not when starting X.
>> >
>> >> http://fos.foxconn.com/index.php?lanmu_id=44
>> >
>> > Documentation about FoxOS is virtually non-existent. I also tried
>> > Fedora, but as they use Gnome or KDE by default, that didn't take me any
>> > further, either.
>> >
>> >
>> > Mark
>> What's in your /etc/inittab file? I have a couple of machine I do
>> auto-login setups on by modifying that file. Maybe these FoxOS guys
>> did something like that?
>> Cheers,
>> Mark
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> But before you decide about the login, you need to have a user.  /etc/inittab
> decides whether your display is text-only (level 3) or graphical (level 5).
> It doesn't create any users.  A proper login needs an xdm or similar file,
> although KDE allows you to bypass it. There should be a configurator somewhere,
> but since I run Mandriva, I don't know where to look.  Run "less /etc/passwd";
> that will show you which users are known to the system.  If you weren't
> invited to create a user, there probably isn't one.  If a user such as "guest"
> is listed, you should be able to log in as that.
> This is not an Xfce problem.  You need a forum for the OS.  There is a
> "Support" link on the Web page I gave you; I am not going to do any more of
> your homework for you.
> Doug.

I agree that it's not an XFCE problem so he could take the question
elsewhere, but I disagree that he doesn't have a user. He said in the
original post that XFCE is running as root. root is his user, and that
can be done in inittab.

- Mark

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