xinit: "xf86OpenConsole: Server must be running with root permissions"

Brunoc at brunoc at
Sat Nov 1 05:27:20 PST 2003

I have problems with my startx script,see my other email
"when I invoke startx, it seems to 'freeze' for a minute or so,then starts".
Before fixing the startx issue (I think startx has been overwritten
by the fluxconf->XFree86-libraries-4.3.0 installation),
I tested xinit after setting the root setuid bit of the X server 
(which on my machine points to XF86_SVGA).According to the
xinit error,"I should be using Xwrapper to start the server or xdm.
We strongly advise against making the server SUID root!".
So,with the setuid bit set,xinit works,but the elegant solution
would be to use Xwrapper.How can I use Xwrapper ?
Does it accept a server name to execute ?

When you say 'runlevel 5' do you mean the kernel securelevels 
(i remember runlevels used as boot levels in linux) ?

Thank you for help

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott W" <wegster at>
To: "Brunoc at" <brunoc at>
Cc: <freebsd-questions at>; <freebsd-newbies at>
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2003 3:56 PM
Subject: Re: xinit: "xf86OpenConsole: Server must be running with rootpermissions"

You should be starting X via the 'startx' command if you're not using 
runlevel 5/[xgk]dm.  Try that and see if the same problem persists.


Brunoc at wrote:

>I just installed a port (fluxconf).That port installed Xfree86 Libraries 4.3.0.
>Since then,when I invoke xinit, it exits with the error
>"xf86OpenConsole: Server must be running with root permissions"
>I include the output of 'uname -a' and 
>the brief output from xinit for the problem
>Thank you very much
>bruno at ciao (/dev/ttyp0) /usr/home/bruno 2>> uname -a
>FreeBSD 4.9-RC FreeBSD 4.9-RC #0: Wed Oct 15 00:12:26 CEST 2003     root@:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/CURRENT_WINE  i386
>bruno at ciao (/dev/ttyp0) /usr/home/bruno 2>>xinit
>XFree86 Version 3.3.6 / X Window System
>(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6300)
>Release Date: January 8 2000
> If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is newer
> than the above date, look for a newer version before reporting
> problems.  (see http://www.XFree86.Org/FAQ)
>Operating System: FreeBSD 4.1.1-STABLE i386 [ELF] 
>Configured drivers:
>  SVGA: server for SVGA graphics adaptors (Patchlevel 1):
>      GeForce DDR, Quadro, ET4000, ET4000W32, ET4000W32i, ET4000W32i_rev_b,
>      ET4000W32i_rev_c, ET4000W32p, ET4000W32p_rev_a, ET4000W32p_rev_b,
>      ET4000W32p_rev_c, ET4000W32p_rev_d, ET6000, ET6100, et3000, pvga1,
>      wd90c00, wd90c10, wd90c30, wd90c24, wd90c31, wd90c33, gvga, r128, ati,
>      sis86c201, sis86c202, sis86c205, sis86c215, sis86c225, sis5597,
>      sis5598, sis6326, sis530, sis620, sis300, sis630, sis540, tvga8200lx,
>      tvga8800cs, tvga8900b, tvga8900c, tvga8900cl, tvga8900d, tvga9000,
>      tvga9000i, tvga9100b, tvga9200cxr, tgui9400cxi, tgui9420, tgui9420dgi,
>      tgui9430dgi, tgui9440agi, cyber9320, tgui9660, tgui9680, tgui9682,
>      tgui9685, cyber9382, cyber9385, cyber9388, cyber9397, cyber9520,
>      cyber9525, 3dimage975, 3dimage985, cyber9397dvd, blade3d, cyberblade,
>      clgd5420, clgd5422, clgd5424, clgd5426, clgd5428, clgd5429, clgd5430,
>      clgd5434, clgd5436, clgd5446, clgd5480, clgd5462, clgd5464, clgd5465,
>      clgd6205, clgd6215, clgd6225, clgd6235, clgd7541, clgd7542, clgd7543,
>      clgd7548, clgd7555, clgd7556, ncr77c22, ncr77c22e, cpq_avga, mga2064w,
>      mga1064sg, mga2164w, mga2164w AGP, mgag200, mgag100, mgag400, oti067,
>      oti077, oti087, oti037c, al2101, ali2228, ali2301, ali2302, ali2308,
>      ali2401, cl6410, cl6412, cl6420, cl6440, video7, ark1000vl, ark1000pv,
>      ark2000pv, ark2000mt, mx, realtek, AP6422, AT24, AT3D, s3_savage,
>      s3_virge, s3_svga, NM2070, NM2090, NM2093, NM2097, NM2160, NM2200,
>      ct65520, ct65525, ct65530, ct65535, ct65540, ct65545, ct65546,
>      ct65548, ct65550, ct65554, ct65555, ct68554, ct69000, ct64200,
>      ct64300, mediagx, V1000, V2100, V2200, p9100, spc8110, i740, i740_pci,
>      i810, i810-dc100, i810e, Voodoo Banshee, Voodoo3, smi, generic
>Fatal server error:
>xf86OpenConsole: Server must be running with root permissions
>You should be using Xwrapper to start the server or xdm.
>We strongly advise against making the server SUID root!
>When reporting a problem related to a server crash, please send
>the full server output, not just the last messages
>X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown).
>=== bruno at searchingjob (/dev/ttyp0) /usr/home/bruno 3>>exit

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