startx: Malformed file inquiry

Shing-Fat Fred Ma
Wed Jan 29 19:05:00 GMT 2003

> From: Alexander Gottwald
> To: cygwin-xfree at cygwin dot com
> Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 12:49:28 +0100 (MET)
> Subject: Re: startx: Malformed file inquiry
> Reply-to: cygwin-xfree at cygwin dot com
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> On Wed, 29 Jan 2003, Shing-Fat Fred Ma wrote:
> > > + xinit /home/Name/.xinitrc --
> > >
> > > if: Malformed file inquiry.
> /home/Name/.xinitrc seems to be the problem.
> bye
>  ago

I first thought so too.  But I get the exact same diagnostic
text even if I run startx from  /usr/X11R6/bin, upto and

> > + xinit /home/Name/.xinitrc --

So ~/.xinitrc is being sourced in both cases.  And
.xinitrc was just a copy of /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.
I added a line at the beginning to echo the path,
but the never gets executed.  So I don't think the
error is caused by a problem with ~/.xinitrc (aside
from the fact that the same the safe file gets
sourced when I successfully run startx from
/usr/X11R6/bin).  I think it might be the xinit executable
itself, since that's the only code that runs before

I presume that people have tried startx from their
home directory and got it working?  Just looking for
a few responses as a sanity check.



Fred Ma,
Carleton University, Dept. of Electronics
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1S 5B6

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