illoai at gmail.com illoai at gmail.com
Tue Apr 18 20:21:10 UTC 2006

On 4/18/06, eoghan <freebsd at redry.net> wrote:
> eoghan wrote:
> > It should start gnome, but now all i get it the x cursor on the
> > grey/black screen and i dont know how to exit out...

> Ok to reply to myself:
> x just quit itself after about 3 mins (too impatient!)...
> the error is:
> /usr/X11R6/bin/xinit: Server error.
> /usr/X11R6/bin/xauth: error in locking authority file /home/ej/.Xauthority

Control-alt-backspace is the "standard" salut
for helping X go away.
Alternately, one can control-alt-F[1-8]
to get to a virtual console and kill the server
from the command line.  Waiting for it to die
is a gerund.
As someone else pointed out, you most likely
need merely to delete the offending .Xauthority


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