[arch-general] X fails to start after editing ~/.xinitrc

Igor Mosyagin c6h10o5 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 7 06:29:29 EDT 2011

Hello there.

Would your system still fail with empty .xinitrc? (mv ~/.xinitrc
~/dangerous_xinitrc && touch ~/.xinitrc)
You don't need ampersand for fonts rehashing.

Is that line is only one you have in your .xinitrc?
Do you have system xinitrc? (/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc)
Is it empty?

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> Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 03:54:37 +0000 (UTC)
> From: "Juan R. de Silva" <juan.r.d.silva at gmail.com>
> To: arch-general at archlinux.org
> Subject: Re: [arch-general] X fails to start after editing ~/.xinitrc
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> On Wed, 07 Sep 2011 04:45:49 +0200, Karol Blazewicz wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 4:16 AM, Juan R. de Silva
>> <juan.r.d.silva at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 3. In case net-tools package from core does not provide hostname any
>>> more as well, what would be a solution then for one that would like to
>>> use "terminus" fonts which by default installed into
>>> /usr/share/fonts/local?
>> I've never had any problems with Terminus being added to fontpath in
>> .xinitrc but you can use xorg.conf for that too.
> To use xorg.conf I would need first to create one, since my system works
> without it so far. Unless I really must to create it I would prefer to
> leave things as their are for now.
>> If you have net-tools installed, you shouldn't be getting errors about
>> hostname being missing.
> Yes, net-tools is installed. However the error is as I said.
>> hostname will be provided by inetutils, as was explained in the mailing
>> list message I linked to. I'm currently running testing and I have no
>> problems with X, hostname does its job (whatever that might be ;P), I'm
>> using Terminus and have 'xset +fp /usr/share/fonts/local &; in my
>> .xinirtc - all seems to work.
> You typed above: 'xset +fp /usr/share/fonts/local &;
> Is it a typo or you meant to say your .xinitrc has line like this?
> 'xset +fp /usr/share/fonts/local &' - with ampersand at the end
> If the last is true then it differs from my entry, which is
> 'xset +fp /usr/share/fonts/local' - without ampersand.
> Does it make sense to add it?..
>> When I downgrade to [core] (i.e. I'm not using [testing] anymore),
>> things still work, so the current net-tools should be all you need.
> Here a snippet I found in 'man xset':
> [ fp rehash:
> The  rehash argument resets the font path to its current value,
> causing the server to reread the font databases in the  current
> font  path.   This is generally only used when adding new fonts
> to a font directory (after running mkfontdir  to  recreate  the
> font database). ]
> I actually never run 'mkfontdir' after Terminus fonts were installed
> since the Fonts Installation wiki page I referred to mentions that
> executing 'mkfontscale' and then 'mkfontdir' is needed only for "older
> applications that do not support fontconfig".
> Do you think this might be a problem?

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