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Re: FreeBSD 5.3 setup help

From: LD
Subject: Re: FreeBSD 5.3 setup help
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 07:23:11 +1100

Hi there,

thanks very much Chris for the straightforward explanation!

Does anyone know why such simple information is not provided with the online documentation? Before Chris' reply it had felt like trying to get blood from a stone...

On 14/02/2005, at 7:55 PM, Chris Vetter wrote:

LD wrote:
I haven't done step 4.4 but have set the Timezone and it seems at some
point that a script has been added to /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ startup
scripts already to starts/stops gdomap and gdnc but not gpbs (but
seeing as I hadn't set up X11 as yet this was probably a good thing,

Yes. However, each user is supposed to start his/her own instance of
'gpbs' anyway... More on that later.

On Mac OS X the admin user can set limitations on the environment of other users and for example limit the applications that they can use and/or whether they can personalise their Dock etc.

How would you go about setting up these kinds of policies for this system? i.e., I assume it'll need something other than .xinitrc/.xsession files in the skel template as each user can tamper with what type of desktop is loaded etc.

I've then installed's X11 implementation...
# cd /usr/ports/x11/xorg && make install clean
... and have created a working '/etc/X11/xorg.config' file.

After installing Window Maker, log in as your regular user on a
console and run '/usr/X11R6/bin/wmaker.inst'
This will create all directories under ~HOME/GNUstep for Window
Maker. Additionally, it will create a very basic file called
~HOME/.xinitrc that launches 'wmaker'. This file is automatically
run whenever you launch X11 from a console, by running 'startx'.

In case of using 'xdm' you have to change ~HOME/.xinitrc to
~HOME/.xsession and make sure that it's executable (AFAIK).
Of course you can also do a sym-link instead

Thanks again!

with regards,

Lachlan Deck

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