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Old 05-12-2006, 05:16 PM   #1
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-su: startx: command not found

The problem started with an error message i did not write down regarding .Xauthority(i didn't find anything the Xfree86.log)
Now startx command not found.This is crazy,please help !(I will try to provide more logs errors next time!)
xauth: error in locking authority file /home/tuo_user/.Xauthority
X: user not authorized to run X server , aborting.
xinit: Server error.
xauth: error in locking authority file /home/tuo_user/.Xauthority
Couldn't get a file descriptor referring to the console
error logs found

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Old 05-12-2006, 05:33 PM   #2
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also post your XFConfig86-4 file. have you tried starting x as root?

su -
enter p/w

and see what happens.
Old 05-13-2006, 04:32 AM   #3
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Looks like a permission problem to me. For example lets say you were working as a non-privileged (not as root, let's say 'gabrix') user and then for some reason you used su (not 'su - ') into root. Then you are still in the directory where gabrix was, and if you start X from there, a .Xauthority file is created there.

Then as the user gabrix you try to start x (not as root). Then there's a permission conflict because .Xauthority now has root for the owner. This can be sorted out either by #chown gabrix .Xauthority (as root to change the ownership) or removing the file.
Old 05-13-2006, 05:07 AM   #4
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You got really close to what really happened.logging in with ssh from an another macine as gabrix couldn't startx.Now my desktop doesn't start and i don't know how to avoid this in the future ..........Xuthority is owned by gabrix but is like gabrix is not gabrix!??????

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