Re: AfterStep for two users?

Andrew Sullivan (
Tue, 4 Jan 2000 08:05:31 -0500

On Tue, Jan 04, 2000 at 09:28:16AM +0100, Iwant Afterstep wrote:
>      I already have AfterStep 1.7* installed.  It is installed for an 
> "ordinary" user -- not for root.  

I'm not sure I understand what you did.  Did you just install AS according
to the usual procedures?  If so, you don't need to "install" it again; you
just need to put in a call to afterstep in your .xinitrc or .xsession file.

> When I try to start Xwindows as this user I get a lot 
> of error messages about ".Xauthority hostname lookup failure" and "timeout 
> in locking authority file" -- but no Xwindows. 

Hmm.  Maybe try postng your ~/.xinitrc here.

> Since I can't reach any way to give commands I see no alternative at 
> this stage but to use to power button to turn off the computer.  This is 
> less than completely satisfactory

_There's_ an understatement!  Usually, by the way, you can recover from the
situation you're describing by hitting Ctl-Alt-backspace.  Anyway, whet
you're getting there is X without a window manager (X just provides the
basic functionality of drawing windows, &c; the actual management of those
windows is left to the window manager.  This is a bit of a pig, but it is
the reason that users get to have som much control over their desktops.)


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