Solaris Starting and Stopping dtlogin (CDE)

It is always good idea not to use the X windows system on dedicated Solaris servers. GUI consumes more resources (such as CPU, Memory). However, Solaris by default installs CDE or Gnome desktop.

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If your Linux system boot to a shell prompt, you can start X window (GUI system) by typing following command:

$ startx

dtlogin script
Solaris do not use startx command. It comes with dtlogin script located in /etc/init.d directory. It is a display manager for the X Window System

Stopping dtlogin

# /etc/init.d/dtlogin stop

Starting dtlogin
If your Solaris system boot to a shell prompt, you can start X/dtlogin with following command:

# /etc/init.d/dtlogin start

Restart dtlogin
If dtlogin is not responding then you can restart it using ssh:

# /etc/init.d/dtlogin restart

Permanently disable dtlogin
If you wish to disable dtlogin, use dtconfig command. It is a desktop configuration utility for Solaris. This command is located at /usr/dt/bin/dtconfig. Login as a root user before using dtconfig command.

To disabled dtlogin type command:

# /usr/dt/bin/dtconfig -d

To enable dtlogin type command:

# /usr/dt/bin/dtconfig -e

To kill dtlogin type command:

# /usr/dt/bin/dtconfig -kill

Read man page of dtlogin for more information.

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3 comments… add one
  • Eric Mar 6, 2006 @ 20:49

    I think with Solaris 10 though, dtlogin is integrated into SMF. The guy who posts to forums and blogs the most about this topic is Alan Coopersmith, e.g. see:


    The Desktop Configuration rights profile in Solaris 10

  • LinuxTitli Mar 7, 2006 @ 0:32

    Sounds interesting…

    Lemme try it some time later 🙂 Thanks!

  • John Jun 4, 2012 @ 18:33

    The Solaris 10 update 3 system I just looked at has the /etc/init.d/dtlogin script, but it is a wrapper around the SMF service cde-login.

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