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Old 01-13-2006, 06:06 AM   #1
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X doesnt start anymore; error message: "/etc/X11/ X is not an executable"


Hi all,

Having upgraded Gnome from the experimental repository, I have been asked several time by module-assistant whether i wanted to use XFree86 or Xorg. Having always tweaked with the XF68Config-4, I guessed I should choose XFree86. Now, upon reboot X refuses to start on account that /etc/X11/ X is not an executable.
I have no idea what this file should be or why it was created along with a Xorg.conf file which replicated my XF68Config-4. dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 doesn't execute the wizard as expected to. I even tried deleting the new files (i.e: X and Xorg.conf) but the issue persisted. I am using Debian Sid with Nvidia's drivers and tried upgrading Gnome 2.10 to 2.12.
Any hints will be more than welcome.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 01-13-2006, 06:37 AM   #2
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Sorry people, in my panic I didn't do the homework. It seems Debian unstable lost xfree86 for xorg http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/185
. Doesn't explain why I was asked if I wanted to use either of them as the former was removed.
Now dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg, goes just fine, up until restarting gdm again. I get the Nvidia splash screen but it fails loading gnome. But that's another issue, I guess. Thanks anyway.
 
Old 01-13-2006, 12:18 PM   #3
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Don't bother. I did a clean install of Ubuntu.
 
Old 01-13-2006, 08:20 PM   #4
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Either way, for future reference the answer to this problem would have likely been:
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chmod +x /etc/X11/X
It will just make the X binary executable again (and likely has to be done as root). I imagine the updating of your XFree / X.org install messed up the permissions somewhere along the line.
 
Old 01-14-2006, 09:09 AM   #5
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Thanks for the interest! Rendering it executable was the trivial thing to do. I'm sorry I didn't mention I tried it before posting. The thing is, X is supposed to be a link to X -> /usr/bin/X11/Xorg. Something must have been broken in Xorg.
 
Old 01-14-2006, 09:12 AM   #6
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So I assume you made the Xorg binary executable as well, and the problem still persisted? Or maybe startx wasn't executable...the whole X startup process is a little busy.
 
  


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