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Bug 2484 - /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession - quotes needed
Summary: /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession - quotes needed
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
: 2392 2894 3000 3432 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-05-02 21:36 UTC by tudor
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 1999-06-17 14:54:46 UTC

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Description tudor 1999-05-02 21:36:22 UTC

I'm not sure how /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession is generated, but
the color in the call to xsetroot should be quoted, i.e.

xsetroot -solid #356390

should be replaced with

xsetroot -solid "#356390"


Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-03 15:15:59 UTC
*** Bug 3000 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

in /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession 4th line is :
xsetroot -solid #356390
I do not know what does this mean but it always gives a
syntax error , every time I try to log in , with the
following message:

usage: xsetroot [options]
  where options are:
  -display <display>   or   -d <display>
  -fg <color>   or   -foreground <color>
  -bg <color>   or   -background <color>
  -rv   or   -reverse
  -def   or   -default
  -name <string>
  -cursor <cursor file> <mask file>
  -cursor_name <cursor-font name>
  -solid <color>
  -gray   or   -grey
  -bitmap <filename>
  -mod <x> <y>
What is the problem ?

------- Additional Comments From  05/24/99 09:58 -------
it's a bug in the Xsession file. Put quotes around the
color spec.

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-03 15:19:59 UTC
*** Bug 2392 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

In /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession you can find this:

xsetroot -solid #356390

and because it's a shell script, hash mark starts a comment.
I am sure we don't want this. To correct it:

xsetroot -solid \#356390

Comment 3 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-03 18:47:59 UTC
*** Bug 2894 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

In /var/log/xdm-error.log, the following error messages

stdin: is not a ttyusage: xsetroot [options]
  where options are:
  -display <display>   or   -d <display>
  -fg <color>   or   -foreground <color>
  -bg <color>   or   -background <color>
  -rv   or   -reverse
[...] etc.

xsetroot is obviously being called in a broken way by

------- Additional Comments From  05/18/99 15:25 -------
This appears to be due to a problem in the X startup scripts.  It will
be fixed sometime later.  It does not appear to have any functional

Comment 4 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-13 18:44:59 UTC
*** Bug 3432 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

The scripts


both contain the line

xsetroot -solid #356390

which are incorrect and should be replaced by

xsetroot -solid rgb:35/63/90

Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 1999-06-17 14:54:59 UTC
Fixed in errata XFree86-*-52 release.

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