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Old 08-10-2013, 07:46 AM   #1
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$ startx stopped working, was working fine when I shut it down last night

Dual boot Dell laptop with slack 14.0 installed.
Everything was working fine, and last night I was configuring slack to access my shared printer on the windows network. was able to get to printing a test page with no errors on the linux machine, but the printer was just sitting there with "printing" on the display but nothing printing. so I shut everything down and was going to try again this morning.

Went to startx and have the following message: (similar message as root).

I apologize for the quality of the following text, I was using vi and highlighting text from one terminal window into another terminal with vi open. then copying that into the windows directory on this laptop. (since I don't have x).

******** startx with xfce as wm *******

bogomips@slack:~$ startx
xauth: file /home/bogomips/.serverauth.2563 does not exist

X.Org X Server 1.12.3
Release Date: 2012-07-09
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Slackware 14.0 Slackware Linux Project
Current Operating System: Linux slack 3.2.29-smp #2 SMP Mon Sep 17 13:16:43 CDT 2012 i686
Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=Linux ro root=803 vt.default_utf8=0 video=1024x800
Build Date: 23 August 2012 02:27:55PM

Current version of pixman: 0.26.2
Before reporting problems, check
to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sat Aug 10 07:50:41 2013
(==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
(II) [KMS] Kernel modesetting enabled.
/usr/bin/startxfce4: X server already running on display :0
xfce4-session: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
xinit: connection to X server lost

waiting for X server to shut down Server terminated successfully (0). Closing log file.

****What I did notice was /usr/bin/startxfce4: X server already running on display :0
and tried $startx -- :1 but it still won't load the xwindow

**** I can change the window manager to twm and get that to display, so somethings working.

****When I shutdown slack last night I used the logout button in xfce instead of ctrl+alt+BS and typing $"shutdown -h now" as #.

Since this is a fresh install it would be easier for me to just wipe the partition and reinstall, but I would rather fix the problem and learn from it.

Slackware sure has changed from when I was introduced with ver. 7.2

If you need any more info please let me know.
Thanks in advance.

Last edited by BogoMIPS_1962; 08-10-2013 at 07:53 AM. Reason: minor typo
Old 08-10-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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First try
$ rm ~/.Xauth*
and try to startx
Old 08-10-2013, 01:04 PM   #3
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The first thing I noticed was this:
 xfce4-session: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Seems like you might be missing the startup-notification package:
$ grep -r "" /var/log/packages
It seems like xfce4-session is attempting to use it, hence other desktop environments or window managers (e.g. twm as you saw) work but xfce4 does not.


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