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Old 12-01-2003, 12:59 PM   #1
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Mandrake 9.2. Can't start X as normal user


Something (obviously) got screwed up with my X windows. I'm running
Mandrake 9.2 with the 2.6.0-test9 kernel. X comes up all right if I type startx from the command line as superuser. Doing this as a normal user, freezes the system.
Where can I look? Can somebody help walk me through this, please?
 
Old 12-01-2003, 02:28 PM   #2
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Have you tried re-configuring your XFree86 file so it writes/overwrites to a new file and see if they does the trick. Sounds like something funky happened when you first configured X.

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Old 12-01-2003, 04:11 PM   #3
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Don't get it

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Have you tried re-configuring your XFree86 file so it writes/overwrites to a new file and see if they does the trick. Sounds like something funky happened when you first configured X.

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I don't get what you mean by "re-configuring your XFree86 file so it writes/overwrites to a new file". Could you be more specific?
 
Old 12-02-2003, 08:28 AM   #4
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You can cd to /etc/X11 and there should be where your XFree86Config file is. You can either open the file in a text editor and edit the parts that are giving you problems, I would only recommend doing this if you know what you are changing. Or you can re-configure X itself by typing xf86config so it will write a new XFree86Config file.

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Old 12-02-2003, 09:20 AM   #5
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maybe the permissions are messed up on his /tmp directory
 
Old 12-02-2003, 09:27 AM   #6
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which permissions?

Which permissions are you referring to?
 
Old 12-02-2003, 09:31 AM   #7
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if the user can't write to /tmp, X can't start for that user.
to check quickly, you can see if the user can create a file in the tmp
directory.
 
Old 12-02-2003, 09:45 AM   #8
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/tmp has full permissions. Just to double check, I created a file there as user and it worked OK.
Any other suggestions are more than welcome.
 
Old 12-02-2003, 12:04 PM   #9
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i've seen other people with the same problem on this site.
you might do some searching for older threads.
 
  


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