exit windowmaker hangs X, no return to xdm

Will Senn will.senn at gmail.com
Mon Jan 16 07:47:26 PST 2023

On 1/16/23 9:06 AM, Will Senn wrote:
> On 1/15/23 9:57 PM, Matthew Dillon wrote:
>> Login with ssh via another machine and check to see if any processes 
>> are still present under the Xorg, preventing it from exiting.  
>> Something like 'ps axlR' nicely indents children relative to their 
>> parents.   If the Xorg itself is gone, X may have exited but not been 
>> able to return to syscons/vty mode.   You can also try running xdm 
>> manually instead from /etc/ttys to see if that has something to do 
>> with it...  just do 'xdm' with no arguments in that case.
>> -Matt
> Hi Matt,
> Thanks for the tip about indented children, very useful. Here are the 
> results (neither the xdm by itself, nor the ttys xdm will exit, as 
> either user or root). BTW, this isn't just wmaker, it does the same 
> thing with fvwm, twm, or cwm (the three other ones I tried). I didn't 
> do the process evaluation on any others than wmaker, but the behavior 
> (not returning to xdm) is the same.
> Thanks,
> Will

Hi again Matt,

Well, I still don't know what's up with xdm, but I did install slim and 
after exiting wmaker, the system takes 10 seconds or so, then beeps and 
returns to the slim login screen. So, that's a workable session manager. 
I'm happy to troubleshoot the xdm stuff further (I did a lot of editing 
.xsesssion, different users, etc. to same conclusion), but I can live 
with (actually prefer) slim anyway :).

What I did:
pkg install slim slim-themes

sysrc slim_enable="YES"
sysrc dbus_enable="YES"

vi ~/.xinitrc
exec wmaker

restart, et. voila...
login, use wmaker, exit, wait for the 10 seconds and beep, then back to 
slim for another round.


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