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Old 10-01-2004, 09:18 AM   #1
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Xinit X problem

For some reason I just started getting problems when trying to startx.

battousaix@darkstar:~$ startx

Fatal server error:
Cannot move old log file ("/var/log/Xorg.0.log" to "/var/log/Xorg.0.log.old"

Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support
         at http://wiki.X.Org
 for help.

giving up.
xinit:  No such file or directory (errno 2):  unable to connect to X server
xinit:  No such process (errno 3):  unexpected signal 2.
Update: I checked the privs of the files, deleted the logs, recreated, and logged in a root, and root can startx.
Old 10-01-2004, 01:58 PM   #2
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I don't know how much this helps, but this is an AIM conversation with a friend.

Battx: Hey, can you login if you have freetime? battx and root passwords are &#($&#
Battx: and IP
Battx: I'll be back in about two hours or so.
Vela: scanning
Vela: fixed
Vela: you needed to change the ownership and permissions of the Xserver
Vela: oh, it's a permissioning issue
Battx: What file though?
Vela: the xserver needs to be owned/grouped by root, BUT setuid so you can run it
Battx: What file is that?
Vela: the Xserver, called X or Xorg
Battx: Oh, thanks. So, is that the 4755 chmod?
Vela: or chmod +s

Last edited by BattousaiX; 10-01-2004 at 02:11 PM.
Old 01-31-2012, 05:08 PM   #3
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posting to an old thread, but I have to express my thanks.

I'm currently running Arch, loving it, and I was installing a flashplugin for Firefox. During the isntallation, I ran into some errors with permissions and out of frustration I managed to chmod my entire /usr/bin/ folder to the point that sudo didn't work.

I rebooted, and ran into the error of xorg not being able to move one of its files, so I knew it was a permission error, but didn't know what to change. sucks right?

After reading this and using that chmod, all is well. So thank you, a lot.


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