SUMMARY: Openwindows problem on a SS1, 4.1.4

From: Christopher L. Barnard (
Date: Tue May 30 1995 - 21:27:58 CDT

I originally asked:

> I have a SparcStation 1+ running SunOS 4.1.4 that refuses to run
> OpenWindows. This is a clean out-of-the-box (well, out of the CD)
> installation of SunOS 4.1.4 on a standalone machine.
> /usr/openwin/bin/xinit complains thus:
> not found
> Lo and behold it doesn't exist, but it doesn't exist on any other machine
> I've seen either, and openwindows works fine everywhere else...
> I have a sinking feeling that the problem was that I may have left something
> out when I did the installation (I did a custom installation, no the generic
> one). Disk space was short, so I told it not to install any of the sunview
> stuff, and not to install the OpenWindows Programmers stuff. If I do in
> fact need the sunview packages in order for openwindows to work, then my
> second question is how I can get those off the CDROM without doing a new
> installation and losing everything I've done thus far.

Thanks much to the many people who answered so quickly. I had a feeling
this was a dumb question, and it indeed was. I needed to invoke
OpenWindows with the -nosunview option. Many folks also informed me that
I can use /usr/etc/add_services to add the sunview user's media file from
the CDROM, or I can just use tar to untar the appropriate media file from
the CDROM.

Thanks to:

Mike Fletcher <> (Syed Zaeem Hosain) (Yves Hardy) (Glenn Satchell - Uniq Professional Services)
bernards@ECN.NL (Marcel A. Bernards) (Perry Hutchison) (Kevin Sheehan {Consulting Poster Child})
Casper Dik <casper@Holland.Sun.COM> (Jochen Bern) (Chuck Smoko - E81) (Michael Pearlman) (System Administration) (David L. Markowitz) (Tigger/kat)
raoul@MIT.EDU (Michael Sullivan)

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