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# 1  
Old 07-18-2006
Question 11.0 fresh install: I never see CDE Login

I've just completed a fresh install of HP-UX 11.0 on my 712/80 and everything starts up fine until it gets to the point where X kicks off and I believe at this point is supposed to launch into the CDE login.

It just sits there on the blank X screen with the X cursor for a minute or so then BEEPS and then drops to the text terminal output where it says

=====================================
Starting Desktop login on Bishop Display:0
=====================================

then cycles back to X and beeps again after a bit and adds

=====================================
Resuming Desktop login
=====================================

then cycles back to X and beeps again after a bit and adds

=====================================
Suspending desktop login

Press [Enter] to login to console

Desktop login will resume later after logout
=====================================

Over and over and over...

NOTE: the text above is not exact but close enough

Anyone else see and know how to get past this issue?

Thanks.
# 2  
Old 07-19-2006
Quote:
Originally Posted by ErikTheHAck
Anyone else see and know how to get past this issue?
Connect a mouse. Smilie
# 3  
Old 07-19-2006
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ebbi
Connect a mouse. Smilie
I wish it was that easy. I have one connected. I can move the X cursor with it and if I console sign in as root and startx the mouse does all it should.

Any other ideas?
# 4  
Old 07-19-2006
Quote:
Originally Posted by ErikTheHAck
Any other ideas?
Sure. Smilie
Are you able to log in in safe mode or command line?

If yes, then paste the content of the /etc/nsswitch.conf into this thread.
# 5  
Old 07-19-2006
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ebbi
Sure. Smilie
Are you able to log in in safe mode or command line?

If yes, then paste the content of the /etc/nsswitch.conf into this thread.
Yes. I'm logged in as root (the only user at this point Smilie )

Ok,
nsswitch.conf doesn't exist but if I ls we have:

nsswitch.compat
nsswitch.files
nsswitch.hp_defaults
nsswitch.nis
nsswitch.nisplus

I assume I need this config file?

Something else unrelated but maybe you can help me out with -- Is it normal for the shell prompt to be the british pount sign? I'm used to # -- oddly enough a shift-3 produces the brit pount sign instead of #. I also noticed that the backslash-pipe key has no effect making it impossible to enter a pipe character. I must have somehow mapped the wrong keyboard/display. Can I change this? -- sorry for the off topic.
# 6  
Old 07-20-2006
Quote:
Originally Posted by ErikTheHAck
I assume I need this config file?
I'm not sure if you really need that file, I might be that it is not available if you installed the machine without network.
CDE needs proper name resolution and the standard order after a fresh installation is DNS -> /etc/hosts -> NIS/NIS+
So if your system is not yet registered in the DNS, the hostname cannot be resolved and CDE does not start. So you have to switch this order to /etc/hosts -> DNS -> [...]. You can use sam for that in single user mode.
Go to "Networking and Communications" -> "Name Service Switch" and then see the order at "hosts". First source should be "/etc/hosts".


Quote:
Originally Posted by ErikTheHAck
Something else unrelated but maybe you can help me out with -- Is it normal for the shell prompt to be the british pount sign? I'm used to # -- oddly enough a shift-3 produces the brit pount sign instead of #. I also noticed that the backslash-pipe key has no effect making it impossible to enter a pipe character. I must have somehow mapped the wrong keyboard/display. Can I change this? -- sorry for the off topic.
If you're on the console (ITE) or on an HP terminal this is because "ASCII 8 bit mode" is enabled. You can turn it off in the setup menu, which you can access through the function keys:

- Press Numlock
-> the yellow boxes on the bottom of screen change their description
- F8 config keys
- F5 terminal config
- go with TAB to "ASCII 8 Bits"
- set with F2 to "Yes"
- save with F1
# 7  
Old 07-20-2006
It seems from some stuff I've been finding via google and in the man pages that I probably should have mentioned before. I have already commented out the lone statement in /etc/auto_master "/net -hosts -nosuid,soft" in order to get the boot to complete. This seems to be related to nsswitch.conf in some way. Something tells me that I shouldn't have done that but if I don't the boot process gets stuck going between "wait" and "busy" on "Start NFS client subsystem". It ends up saying "NFS server (pid789@/net) not responding still trying.....[]". This goes on till I hit "break". It all seems related from what you've said.

As for the Brit pound vs. # I accidentally selected the UK keyboard on install. That's fixed now. Thanks.

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