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010. I have successfully installed the X Window System and use the startx command to run it from a text based virtual console. How can I have the X Window System run at all times so that I don't have to use the startx command?




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This article is from the the Brief Linux FAQ (BLFAQ) Maintained by Neil Zanella nzanella@ganymede.cs.mun.ca

010. I have successfully installed the X Window System and use the startx command to run it from a text based virtual console. How can I have the X Window System run at all times so that I don't have to use the startx command?

If you are running Red Hat then you can edit the file /etc/inittab on your system and replace the entry

id:3:initdefault:

with the entry

id:5:initdefault:

and reboot. On other systems you might have to change the number 5 (the run level) to another number like 4. How to choose the correct run level should be clear by reading the comments in the file /etc/inittab . Alternatively, you might have to change a link in /etc/rc[2345].d . Run levels 2-5 don't have really strong conventions behind them like 0, 1, and 6 do. It depends on the distribution.

 

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