SUMMARY: xdm under Solaris 2.3

From: Mike Freeman (
Date: Mon Jan 10 1994 - 10:53:52 CST

My question was how to start xdm under Solaris 2.3 - whether to add an
entry to /etc/inittab or to put a suitable script in /etc/init.d.

I received two answers, both suggesting to start xdm from /etc/inittab,
with a line of the form

xw:3:respawn:/usr/openwin/bin/xdm -nodaemon


xw:3:respawn:/sbin/sh -c 'OPENWINHOME=/usr/openwin;export OPENWINHOME;exec /usr/openwin/bin/xdm -nodaemon -config /usr/openwin/lib/xdm/xdm-config'.

I am using the first, which seems to work fine. If xdm is wanted on the
console, the console line needs to be removed from /etc/inittab.

I also asked why the nodaemon option was needed. The answer, from
Casper Dik, is "the nodaemon is needed because of the respawn. If xdm
daemonises from inittab init will immediately start (respawn) a new one,
and another, ad inf."

Thanks to:
Casper Dik <>
Richard Elling

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