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pwhitt
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:39 pm    Post subject: xorg and twm work on dell e6410, but not fluxbox. [solved] Reply with quote

hello gentoo forums!

so i have gentoo up and running on my laptop, and xorg is starting up fine using all default configs - with TWM. i am an old fluxbox user, and was terribly dissappointed to see that flux isn't starting... i added 'exec startfluxbox' to .xinitrc and as soon as i see the screen turn black, right before the WM should start, the laptop barfs back to the framebuffer terminal and all i see is a series of "failed to read session" comments, seemingly indicating that fluxbox isn't seeing the menus and directories that it should work in. i do not have a .fluxbox directory either.

what am i doing incorrectly? i'll happily copy logs and terminal barf on request, i'm not seeing anything remarkable or it'd be here.

thanks for help, long live the ever helpful gentoo forums!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: xorg and twm work on dell e6410, but not fluxbox. help? Reply with quote

pwhitt wrote:
hello gentoo forums!

so i have gentoo up and running on my laptop, and xorg is starting up fine using all default configs - with TWM. i am an old fluxbox user, and was terribly dissappointed to see that flux isn't starting... i added 'exec startfluxbox' to .xinitrc and as soon as i see ...
In case you were using a display manager, stop it and try if it works with startx.
In case it doen't work with startx, please patebin your /var/log/Xorg.0.log.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So this is new - installed chromium, started TWM and tried to launch it. I get this (paraphrased) in dmesg:
Traps: compositortilew... invalid opcode... in libfreetype.so.6.11.4...

Xorg.0.log looks ok, no errors, and X is still running.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pwhitt wrote:
So this is new - installed chromium, started TWM and tried to launch it.
Is your fluxbox problem solved?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="charles17"]Is your fluxbox problem solved?[/quote]

it is now! i'll explain.

sorry, i wasn't replying to the earlier post - i didn't refresh the page before posting my latest observation.

it turns out that freetype was installed without the X USE flag, so applications built using freetype weren't able to render fonts apparently. xorg wasn't showing the errors, and they weren't showing up in dmesg until i tried the trick with chromium inside TWM.

so now the typical xinitrc entry for fluxbox works, and i'm able to use these forums from within X in an actual browser, not links.

life is good.
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