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Old 02-14-2004, 10:03 PM   #1
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Red face xstart: Cannot move old "/var/log/XFree86.0.log.old"

Hi. After much dorking around, I somehow managed to screw up xfree86. I can startx as root just fine, but as a user:

Fatal server error:
Cannot move old "/var/log/XFree86.0.log.old"

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giving up.
xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2): unable to connect to X server
xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.


What could this mean and what can be done?

[I am running slackware-current]
Old 02-15-2004, 01:54 AM   #2
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chmod u+s `which startx`
type that as root (real root, or su -, not su root), if it has an error then type "which startx" and replase `which startx` with whatever the output is (it find the startx file)

explination: x needs to move the log file, but the log directory is inaccessible to normal users for important security reasons, so startx needs to be run with root privilages, the u+s runs it with root privlages as a standard user without screwing security, it is called the sticky bit. that chmod u+s sets it.
Old 02-18-2004, 07:52 PM   #3
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