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How To: Install GNOME GUI on CentOS 4 in Command Line

by Jon on October 30th, 2009

Recently I was at my collocation and I was on a server that was only a command line server I wanted to use xwindows so I installed it from the command line there are the commands

1. yum groupinstall “GNOME Desktop Environment”
2. switchdesk gnome

3. now try startx it might work if it does not see if it is the error message below and then do the following.

Could not init font path element unix/:7100, removing from list!

Fatal server error:
could not open default font ‘fixed’

To fix this error open /etc/X11/xorg.conf in a text editor and add the following line.
FontPath “/usr/X11R6/lib/fonts”

below is an example of the file, then restart the server and login then use the startx coammand to get into the windows.

# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.

RgbPath “/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb”
FontPath “/usr/X11R6/lib/fonts”
FontPath “unix/:7100”


you will also need to install mozzila do this by going to Applications > System tools > Terminal then use the following command

yum install mozilla

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