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I can only run X as root. When I try to access it from my user account I get the following:
timeout in locking authority file /home/joe/.Xauthority.
This error displays four times, then the screen goes to the KDE screen which displays the following:
no write access to $HOME directory (home/joe) KDE is unable to start
I click ok on this and get a window stating could not start Kserver check your installation I click ok on this and it takes me to command line which gives the following error:
QSettings: error creating /home/joe/.qt
Thanks for replying. I read the man page for xauth several times
and as usual with man pages (for me anyway) ended up more confused than when I started. The weird part is it was working yesterday, I logged out, shut the machine off and then this morning when I logged in BOOM! Doesn't make any sense. I'll try the chown as you suggested and see what happens.
Copied the file .Xauthority from root to /home /joe
did chown joe:users /home/joe/.Xauthority
ls -l /home/joe/.Xauthority outputs :
-rw----- 1 joe users 53 Sept5 10:05 /home/joe/.Xauthority
startx gives same results as before
xinit starts x, takes me to the basic x manager
Tried it, same error as originally. I added a user and X works fine.So for now I'm going to transfer my files there so I can use the machine for work tomorrow and keep trying to find out what the problem is and (more importantly to me anyway) what caused it. Thanks to all who have helped. Will post if I find anything.