is the forum down?

Matthew Seaman matthew at
Fri May 22 15:01:37 UTC 2015

On 05/22/15 15:24, J2R2 P wrote:
> Alternatively, could you please point me to a resource that clearly
> explains how to allow the user to switch to a regular xterm console
> after starting xfce4 using startx; and how to return to the normal xterm
> after login out or exiting the xfce4 session. I seem to just get the
> monitor turned off no matter all the changes I have made to many config
> files during the last few days.

Uh... 'xterm' is an X client program that needs to have an X server to
connect to -- ie. you have to startx before you can run xterm.  Show us
your /var/log/Xorg.0.log and we can tell you if that's what is biting you.

Do you mean returning to the system console after running X?  That
depends on your graphics hardware IIRC.  For certain Intel chipsets,
once you've switched to X windows, you can't get back to the system
console without rebooting.  If you really need to run X on such a setup,
I'd recommend setting up slim (x11/slim) or a similar display manager
and always working in the X environment.  Or else avoid X completely.



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