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Old 11-10-2009, 05:48 AM   #1
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how to login X as user ubuntu server

hi, i installed X on ubuntu server but can only get a root shell with :

sudo startx if i try to startx as user i get errors:

(gksudo:4609) GTK-WARNING ** cannot open display

X: unable to open wrapper config file /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config

X: user not authorised to run the xserver,aborting

other times it has mentioned something about .Xauthority /home/john/

it implies that it cant write to .Xauthority

yet all the directories and files in my home folder are owned by me.

i once did: sudo export Xauthority=/home/john.Xauthority

thinking this would solve the problem but it didnt,

also if i get this working or not i would still like to know how to enable/start and disable/stop the xserver as i still want to be able to control the security of my server and have the option to run a few programs that rely on Xserver.

Old 11-10-2009, 10:59 PM   #2
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If you want to use a graphical UI on your server, which I don't recommend, you must properly configure and install an X server such as Xorg. If just you want to run graphical tools off your server, you may need SSH X11 forwarding.
Old 11-10-2009, 11:34 PM   #3
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Sounds like you've already installed the xorg xserver and are looking for a display manager. I think gdm is the "standard" display manager for Ubuntu. You may also want a desktop environment etc. For example you could try installing the packages gdm and gnome-desktop-environment.

Old 11-11-2009, 11:29 AM   #4
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yeah, i do already have xorg, and the only programs i want to run are enemy-territory and firefox and i definitely dont want anything more than xorg.

these programs already work but i have to run X as root and i dont want to play or surf online logged in as root.

i think ubuntu servers kernel might be compiled without single-user, but im not sure,but it would be ideal if i can find a way to startx as user.

also be able to enable and disable X like you do with some other apps with /etc/init.d/appname start - stop for example,

Old 11-17-2009, 10:45 AM   #5
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i solved this after googling around and around

i removed xorg and reinstalled it and now i can log in as a usual, i have no idea why this worked but im not complaining

thx for all input,


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