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Old 11-16-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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Distribution: Fedora 12
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Arch Linux Newbie : Cinnamon session not starting

I have just installed Arch Linux first time on Virtual Box. The minimal installation was successful. After that I installed Xorg, again which was successful as I was able to create an X-session with 3 terminals and a clock. Then I installed 'cinnamon' as GDE.
Now I am unable to start a graphical session for normal user using 'xinit /usr/bin/cinnamon'. Always screen goes blank, I am able to move mouse pointer for a second and then it switch back to command line with the following messages -
Window manager warning: Log level 8: unable to create directory '/run/user/0/dconf': Permission denied. dconf will not work properly.
Window manager warning: Log level 8: unable to create directory '/root/.local/share' for storing the recently used files list: Permission denied
dump of Xorg log is
[  9674.467] Current Operating System: Linux noahs_arch 3.6.6-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Nov 5 11:57:22 CET 2012 x86_64
	(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
[  9674.482] Initializing built-in extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
[  9674.487] (EE) Failed to load module "modesetting" (module does not exist, 0)
[  9674.510] (EE) AIGLX error: vboxvideo does not export required DRI extension
[  9674.510] (EE) AIGLX: reverting to software rendering
[  9674.584] (II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "VirtualBox mouse integration" (type: TOUCHSCREEN, id 8)
[  9674.586] (II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "VirtualBox USB Tablet" (type: TOUCHSCREEN, id 9)
Since I am running as normal user, why X is trying to create files in /run and /root? Why don't in my home folder?
PS: I am able to run session in root mode( I know it is unsafe. Just for testing). However some buttons as logout and poweoff are not working.
Old 11-16-2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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I somehow managed to run the session. I was actually running the xinit command after doing 'su user' from root. So, I logged in as user, then I gave permissions to my home folder as 764 instead of 644.

That means Window Manager needs write access to home folder. How to achieve it, without compromising with security


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