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Metro-X Problem

Red Hat 5.0 comes bundled with Metro-X, a high-powered graphics server, and I have had a lot of problems getting it to run. A friend of mine running Linux said there is a bug in Red Hat 5.0 that prevents the necessary symbolic link from being created. I tried to correct it using the following command:

rm /etc/X11/X ln -s ../../usr/X11R6/bin/Xmetro \

This didn't solve the problem. When I try to start Metro-X my screen goes blank, and a few seconds later, the prompt returns with no error messages.

Can you help me solve this problem? Your help is greatly appreciated.

—Tim Perry, Red Hat 5.0

If that is exactly what you typed, you missed something crucial: a semicolon (;) before the ln (this separates the rm command from the ln command). Worse, you also removed the Xmetro binary!

To fix it, use rpm or glint to reinstall the Metro-X package, then re-run the command with a semicolon before the ln.

—Scott Maxwell,


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