xdm and gdm

Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Sat Jul 21 18:37:23 UTC 2012

On Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:19:15 +0200 (CEST), Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> i run xdm normally. after logging it runs my $HOME/.xsession that starts 
> things like fvwm2
> i wanted to run gnome-session once, changed fvwm2 to 
> /usr/local/bin/gnome-sessions
Is this a typo?

According to the Handbook, /usr/local/bin/gnome-session
(without trailing 's') should be executed.

See Installing GNOME.

> after loggin in it just exits. no .xsession-errors is created. no idea 
> where to seek error messages at all.

Maybe errors are reported to the 1st virtual terminal
where the XDM process outputs its messages to (currently
not running xdm, so I can't check).

> with gdm loading gnome works.

Do you have


in /etc/rc.conf, and /proc mounted, as suggested in the Handbook?
Maybe gdm has some "preparations" that aren't found by gnome-session
when started autonomously. But the Handbook says it works without
GDM, so it should work either per .xinitrc ("startx" command) _and_
also with xdm (and therefore with wdm and others).

> any ideas? (except: "just use gdm" please)

Just use... computer. :-)

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