I just installed Xorg on Arch Linux but when I run startx, I only get a blank screen. What could be the problem here?

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    Could you post cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE and cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep WW. That would tell us why Xorg isn't working. – jonescb Jan 14 '11 at 13:38
  • Umm.. how do I post these files from the linux console? I don't really know how to access this webpage from arch. – user3496 Jan 14 '11 at 14:07
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    Oh good point. You could use a tool like wgetpaste. You can use it like this cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE | wgetpaste Then it should give you a url to Pastebin.com and you can access that from a computer with a working GUI. – jonescb Jan 14 '11 at 14:26
  • Or save the output to a file and open it with a working installation, or take a photo and type the text back :) – phunehehe Jan 15 '11 at 3:37
  • wgetpaste isn't working. Download just stalls. Are there any alternatives? – user3496 Jan 15 '11 at 9:00

This is actually normal if you do not have a xinitrc with a command to start a window manager (or any GUI app). You can also tell startx what it should run directly from the command line:

startx `which xterm`

will start an Xorg session with an xterm window. you can run stuff from it if you want :) But better install and use a window manager.

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