jeff on Mon, 8 Sep 2003 20:18:09 -0400

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[PLUG] the Lack of GUI Blues

So I'm minding my own business, Debian sid-ing my way through life when it comes time to reboot.  It's been *months*, unlike my boxes that run another system.  Oops - I'm suffering from a blown GUI.  As nice as that could possibly sound, my email's in Evolution so it would be kinda nice to have it back.

I've been all over the web, Googling error messages, with absolutely no success.  I have removed KDE, Xfree86, KDM, and anything else that looked remotely related, with largely the same result - a stunning lack of GUI (yes, I reinstalled the packages after purging).  There was no obvious precipitating event or installation.

The first error messages seemed to deal with fonts, almost as if it were a path problem or the fonts all packed up and ran away overnight.  The current ones look like this:

/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit/xserverrc: line 2: /usr/bin/X11/X: No such file or directory
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit/xserverrc: line 2: exec: /usr/bin/X11/X: cannot execute: No such file or directory.

It seems like maybe a funky config file is being retained, but I'd think that would go away with reinstallation of the packages.  I've spent *way too much* time on this, which would normally be an interesting activity.  Short of slash/burn/reinstall (which I'm rapidly approaching), can anyone lend some expertise?

Grassy Ass,

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