stop and start X server in FreeBSD 9.0

Istvan Gabor suseuser04 at
Tue Oct 2 17:40:49 UTC 2012

Polytropon, Mike,

Thank for your answers.

2012. október 2. 17:29 napon Mike Clarke <jmc-freebsd2 at> írta:

> On Tuesday 02 October 2012 14:49:54 Polytropon wrote:
> > For the desired test scenario, I'd suggest to disable KDE
> > (kdm) startup in /etc/rc.conf, and finally stop the related
> > service (from /usr/local/etc/rc.d probably). Then you can
> > easily use the "startx" command to start an X session from
> > a user's VT, test your settings, terminate the session,
> > and you'll be back in text mode.
> The OP is using kdm3 which is normally  managed through /etc/ttys instead of 
> an rc script.
> To stop kdm3:
> * edit /etc/ttys, find the line 'ttyv8   "/usr/local/bin/kdm" xterm on secure' 
> and changie "on" to "off"

I did this one before. I hoped I could make it without editing ttys every time.

> * kill -1 1
> * killall kdm-bin

Thanks for pointing out which program has to be killed.

> To restart
> * edit /etc/ttys and change "off" back to "on" for kdm
> * kill -1 1
> But it isn't necessary to do all this just to pick up changes in xorg.conf. 
> Just make your desired changes to xorg.conf, then log out of kde and switch 
> to a console as root and killall kdm-bin. This will stop and start X as well 
> as kdm.
> You can do all this from a terminal window in your kde session but I prefer to 
> logout cleanly instead of having the rug pulled from under my feet which has 
> sometimes corruptedf my kdmrc file.

I guess this is the way to go. Thanks!


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