X crashes on diskless NFS mounted / filesystem

Robert Arkiletian robark at gmail.com
Thu Sep 9 03:45:16 UTC 2010

On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 8:33 PM, JD <jd1008 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 09/08/2010 07:59 PM, Robert Arkiletian wrote:
>> Fully updated F13 kernel
>> I have even tried upgrading to xorg-x11-drv-intel 2.12 from koji ajax
>> build (no joy)
>> The boot process fails launching X. It keeps showing
>> init.orig: prefdm main process ended respawning
>> init.orig: prefdm main process [1913] terminated with status 1
>> until it says respawning too fast, stopped
>> I have tried setting an xorg.conf file and also without it (no joy)
> Robert, what's this init.orig????
> The init process is just called init,
> not init.orig.
> How many init programs do you have in /sbin ??
> Is /sbin/init a symlink to /sbin/init.orig?

Not sure. That's just what is displayed on the screen before it dies.
Ah now that I think of it it's probably the custom version of init
DRBL is using. DRBL is the diskless system I am using. See

> anyhow... moving on...
> So, the reason prefdm re-spawns so fast is
> because gdm starts and dies causing prefdm
> to restart in order to respawn gdm.
> Why is gdm dying? It is because the Intel driver
> you selected in your xorg.conf has a serious bug.

Again not sure. I think X is crashing, read the Xorg log I pasted.
Unfortunately, I read you cannot issue nomodeset to the kernel at boot
in F13.

> Could you try to use the generic vga driver?
> You do that by editing your xorg.conf and setting
> the driver to vga (instead of intel).
> and restart.

Yes I already tried using "vesa" in xorg.conf. It works but it's
completely unusable for students in terms of performance (very slow)
and look as monitors are all widescreen lcd.

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Robert Arkiletian
Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver, Canada

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