Re: AfterStep for two users?

Iwant Afterstep (
Wed, 05 Jan 2000 13:48:43 CET


On Tue, Jan 04, 2000 Andrew Sullivan wrote:

>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.
     The system I installed it on was Linux Mandrake (6.1).  This already 
comes with a version of AfterStep preinstalled (1.6 I think).  The 
preinstalled version of AfterStep is in the /usr/X11R6/share/afterstep 
directory however, and I had been told that I should create and install 
AfterStep in /home/myusername/GNUstep/Library/AfterStep.  That is the way I 
did it when I installed it the first time.  I created a directory called 
"GNUstep," another called "Library," and so on, and finally I rpmd the 
latest rpm version of AfterStep in the final directory.  This works fine 
(except that most things in the menues are "double" -- there are two of most 
items in the menues.  I suspect this may be because the old version of 
AfterStep is still there in the /usr/X11R6/share/afterstep directory.)

     What I did was therefore exactly the same thing again.  I created a new 
user and in this nes user's home directory I created the 
GNUstep/Library/AfterStep directories, and placed the rpm in the final 
directory and gave the rpm -i AfterStep* command again -- just like I had 
done for the first user.  This time it didn't work however.  Instead I 
received error messages, for instance about AfterStep already being 
installed -- which of course it was, but not in that directory.

     I don't know if this is the correct way to install AfterStep, but it is 
the only one I know about that works.  Before I learned of this method I had 
tried several other methods which didn't work.

> > When I try to start Xwindows as this user I get a lot
> > of error messages about ".Xauthority hostname lookup failure" and 
> > in locking authority file" -- but no Xwindows.
>Hmm.  Maybe try postng your ~/.xinitrc here.

     Do you mean that I should send a copy of my .xinitrc file to the list?  
That is easy -- it only says "exec afterstep."

> > 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.

     Thank you.  I didn't know that.

>Anyway, whet you're getting there is X without a window manager

     Yes, that is what I suspected.  It was pretty useless without a window 

    Thank you for your help.

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