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I've been having an xauth problem. I recently installed slackware 9.1 and am running a Gnome 2.4.0. I just added a regular user account which for some reason defaulted to a home directory of "/" rather than "/home/username". When I attempt to run "startx" as this user I recieve an error saying "xauth: timeout in locking authority file //.Xauthority". I attempted "xauth merge ~user/.Xauthority" and am still not able to start X. I also recieved an error from Gnome saying it could not create a file in "/home/username". I attempted "useradd -d /home/username username" and it said "user already exists". I tried "useradd -D -b /home/username username" and still didn't work. I also used tried usermod and could not get the home directory transferred to /home/username. I am sure it is something I am doing any light on the situation would be appreciated. Would the home directory even be the cause for the xauth error? If this is the incorrect thread please advise me where a more appropriate place to post is.
I suggest that you use the userdel command to get rid of the problem user name. Then try to add it again. If worse comes to worse you can try again with a different user name (sorry Pete, you have to log in as Cinderella).