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Thread: KNOPPIX 3.4 CD remastered w/ Debian unstable, X Server exits

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    KNOPPIX 3.4 CD remastered w/ Debian unstable, X Server exits

    I've just remastered a KNOPPIX 3.4 CD that I had upgraded to the latest unstable packages. When I try to boot from the CD, the X server starts up and I can see the KNOPPIX background but it instantly exits and returns to the shell prompt. When I run startx, the result is the same. The shell prompt shows the error message: "X-Window session terminated with errors. Please check and retry /etc/init.d/xsession start."

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    Re: KNOPPIX 3.4 CD remastered w/ Debian unstable, X Server e

    Quote Originally Posted by RemasteringNoob
    I've just remastered a KNOPPIX 3.4 CD that I had upgraded to the latest unstable packages. When I try to boot from the CD, the X server starts up and I can see the KNOPPIX background but it instantly exits and returns to the shell prompt. When I run startx, the result is the same. The shell prompt shows the error message: "X-Window session terminated with errors. Please check and retry /etc/init.d/xsession start."
    I mean, I remastered KNOPPIX 3.4 by doing apt-get -t unstable upgrade and dist-upgrade to the KNOPPIX 3.4 source directory. I wanted to get the newest stuff.

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    Sounds like you installed new versions of very important configuration scripts when you did your upgrade ...

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    Re: KNOPPIX 3.4 CD remastered w/ Debian unstable, X Server e

    Quote Originally Posted by RemasteringNoob
    Quote Originally Posted by RemasteringNoob
    I've just remastered a KNOPPIX 3.4 CD that I had upgraded to the latest unstable packages. When I try to boot from the CD, the X server starts up and I can see the KNOPPIX background but it instantly exits and returns to the shell prompt. When I run startx, the result is the same. The shell prompt shows the error message: "X-Window session terminated with errors. Please check and retry /etc/init.d/xsession start."
    I mean, I remastered KNOPPIX 3.4 by doing apt-get -t unstable upgrade and dist-upgrade to the KNOPPIX 3.4 source directory. I wanted to get the newest stuff.
    kelmo is probably right, you have probably upgraded Knoppix configuration scripts out of existance. Now, what to do about it?

    1) Re-install & upgrade more conservatively?
    2) Try to figure out which config scripts are causing problems & renew them from the original CD?

    Can you boot your remaster while still installed on the CD? ie is it a true HD install? or just a copy to chroot into? If you can boot into it, does it run OK? Maybe you can track down the problem script this way.
    I realize this is not much help. Sorry. I've burned myself a couple of times with 'apt-get upgrade' & 'dist-upgrade', now I only upgrade bits & pieces as need arises.

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    Re: KNOPPIX 3.4 CD remastered w/ Debian unstable, X Server e

    My remaster ISO sits in /dev/hda1/knoppix.iso and I boot knoppix from the CD using: knoppix bootfrom=/dev/hda1/knoppix.iso. I guess I'll have to do #2 above. Some script that startx or xinit calls is causing the X server to go away quickly. When I run the X server by itself (type X :0), it runs and it stays running.

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    booting off a file_iso_image ??

    hi,
    do you mean :
    "knoppix bootfrom=/dev/hda1/knoppix.iso "
    that you can boot as if you had a virtual_cd_reader ?
    That sounds interesting ,since I looked around for booting off
    a "loopback_file" and never got answer.
    Where do you find that ?

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    Re: KNOPPIX 3.4 CD remastered w/ Debian unstable, X Server e

    Quote Originally Posted by RemasteringNoob
    I've just remastered a KNOPPIX 3.4 CD that I had upgraded to the latest unstable packages. When I try to boot from the CD, the X server starts up and I can see the KNOPPIX background but it instantly exits and returns to the shell prompt. When I run startx, the result is the same. The shell prompt shows the error message: "X-Window session terminated with errors. Please check and retry /etc/init.d/xsession start."
    Maybe ~/.xsession-errors will tell you something but ATM I'm not even sure if that file is there or not.

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    Re: KNOPPIX 3.4 CD remastered w/ Debian unstable, X Server e

    Quote Originally Posted by RemasteringNoob
    My remaster ISO sits in /dev/hda1/knoppix.iso and I boot knoppix from the CD using: knoppix bootfrom=/dev/hda1/knoppix.iso. I guess I'll have to do #2 above. Some script that startx or xinit calls is causing the X server to go away quickly. When I run the X server by itself (type X :0), it runs and it stays running.
    hi RemasterinNoob,
    I misundertood you (reason : the extension iso ).In fact ,your
    "bootfrom=/dev/hda1/knoppix.iso" means your intention is to tell the booting process that your KNOPPIX_image is lying on hdd_hda1.If you read linuxrc (inside miniroot.gz or similar ramdisk_stuff)there is one line
    case "$CMDLINE" in *fromhd=/dev/*) DEVICES="$fromhd" ; ;; esac
    this means,if your original intention was as stated,you have to put instead-on cmdline
    fromhd=/dev/hda1 only to say your image is sitting on hda1
    and of course you need to have a directory named KNOPPIX,and containg a big file KNOPPIX

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    Re: booting off a file_iso_image ??

    Quote Originally Posted by wangji
    hi,
    do you mean :
    "knoppix bootfrom=/dev/hda1/knoppix.iso "
    that you can boot as if you had a virtual_cd_reader ?
    That sounds interesting ,since I looked around for booting off
    a "loopback_file" and never got answer.
    Where do you find that ?
    Yes, I got it from the Cheat Sheet .

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    Re: booting off a file_iso_image ??

    Quote Originally Posted by RemasteringNoob
    Quote Originally Posted by wangji
    hi,
    do you mean :
    "knoppix bootfrom=/dev/hda1/knoppix.iso "
    that you can boot as if you had a virtual_cd_reader ?
    That sounds interesting ,since I looked around for booting off
    a "loopback_file" and never got answer.
    Where do you find that ?
    Yes, I got it from the Cheat Sheet .
    oh,you just miss me,look at my post jul 22 just before yours !

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