how do you use x from the terminal

Dave Smith dsmith69 at
Wed Aug 29 21:04:37 UTC 2018

I tried startx and it works but how do you start the server and clients 
separately just using the shell. Why was x dying on me when I tried.


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Od: Marius Gedminas <marius at>
Komu: xorg at
Datum: 27. 8. 2018 8:29:23
Předmět: Re: how do you use x from the terminal 
"On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 12:01:30AM +0200, Dave Smith wrote: 
> I ran the server 
> $ Xorg 
> and then 
> $ DISPLAY=:0 %client% 
> It seemed to work but not really. Either my screen ended up freezing and I
> to press the power button or the server terminated with a fatal error, 
> malloc failed .. 

Traditionally we'd run `startx`, which is a shell script that starts 
both the X server (with the appropriate command-line options) and some 
necessary-for-good-life X clients (such as the window manager). 

Marius Gedminas 
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