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Re: [K12OSN] Terminal server

(sorry if this has been said, I haven't had time to read this list in a while, 
and there are over 400 messages in my k12os mbox...  (thank goodness for 

Jim, might you consider plopping this in the wiki?  I don't know the link to 
the wiki, or if you need to set up an account, etc.  (again, see above, no 
time yet)  But this is great info on how to free up some server horses.

(NOTE:  Jim or anyone else -- Jim gets first dibs because he wrote it. :)

On Monday 23 June 2003 03:41 pm, jam McQuil com wrote:
> THe problem is not the runlevel, it's the display manager
> configuration.
> By default, if you start the display mgr (xdm, gdm, kdm) it
> will launch an xserver on the console of the server.
> It just so happens that you are launching the display mgr
> in runlevel 5 and NOT runlevel 3.  so, you don't
> see X on the console, but you don't get a login on the
> workstations.
> You probably don't get other things that the workstation needs,
> such as nfs or dhcp.
> That's ok,  set your server for runlevel 5, but configure
> your display manager to NOT launch X on the console.
> If you are running XDM or KDM, then you need to edit your
> /etc/X11/xdm/Xservers file and comment out the line that
> starts with ":0".
> If you are using GDM, then you need to edit the
> /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf file.  Down near the bottom
> is a section for starting local Xservers.  Comment
> out the line for the console. I don't remember exactly what
> it looks like, but it shouldn't be too hard to find.
> That's it, you should now have X on the workstations complete
> with a login box, but you should have a character mode
> login on the console.
> This is the way I prefer to run things, so that if the server
> has any error messages, they'll be on the console screen, and
> not hidden by X.

Shawn Powers
Technology Director
Inland Lakes Schools
231-238-6868 x174

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