How to start X at boot

Dr.-Ing. Edgar Alwers edgaralwers at
Sat Apr 3 11:28:00 PDT 2010

On Friday 02 April 2010 23:13:38 you wrote:
> > The only way I find out is "xinit" after logging in !
> > Comments very appreciated !
> > Edgar
> I wasn't able to get xdm to compile, kept getting:
> gcc: /usr/X11/lib: linker input file unused because linking not done
> But I was able to compile 'slim':
> And modified /etc/inittab to start at init level 5 and point to slim. Yes, I 
know slim isn't part of BLFS, but as I said I could get xdm to compile.

thank you very much for this hint ! slim is very good and simple to use. I 
could this way bypass the problems with kdm, which could be related to the new 
securty issues of KDE-4.4.1.

A remark for people working with KDE-4.4: slim does not compile with gcc-4.4. 
It is necessary to patch switchuser.h. See

slim is not the only package not included in BLFS until now. I am using e.g. 
wicd as network-manager, as the original KDE-4.4 is by far not so smart as 

Again, thank you very much !

Dr.-Ing. Edgar Alwers
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