SUMMARY: SunOS 4.1.3/OW 3.0 Can not start up!

From: Meystel (
Date: Sat Sep 11 1993 - 02:34:54 CDT


I recently posted a question which amounts to the following:

When I try to run OpenWindows, I get an error message similar to the following: not found
/usr/openwin/bin/xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2):

This occured when I upgraded my SparcStation IPC from SunOS 4.1.1b to 4.1.3

I received many suggestions, but the general consensus, as exemplified by a
message from Adam Shostack (, said the

--- % su (root)
--- # cd /etc/
--- # strings (record the output)
--- # ldconfig
--- # strings (record the output)
--- # exit
--- % $OPENWINHOME/bin/openwin

This worked. It seems that ldconfig fixed the problem. However -- it would not
have worked, supposedly, if I had not installed SunView_Users package from
the 4.1.3 CD-ROM.

Thanks to Pauline van Winsen ( who also said:

>Sounds like you have ldconfig problems. Have you tried removing the
>shared library cache /etc/ & running /usr/etc/ldconfig?

and Glenn Satchell (, who suggested:

>If does not show up in the /etc/, run the
>following command: "mv /etc/ /etc/; ldconfig"

Other helpful comments suggested running ldd to see which libraries xnews and
xinit are looking for, and to remove old .openwin-init and other .X stuff,
in case it was from previous releases of OpenWindows.

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