Problem starting X as user

Roland Smith rsmith at
Thu Apr 3 19:30:19 UTC 2008

On Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 09:03:40PM +0200, Frank Wißmann wrote:
> Hi all!
> Hope there's somebody out there who can help me with the following problem:
> When I type "startx" as root all is coming up as expected, the X-Server and 
> twm as WM. When I stop it, log in as a normal user and do the same there is 
> only a grey screen with a mouse-cursor coming up and doing nothing until I 
> kill the X-Server with Ctrl-Alt-Backspace. On the original screen from 
> which I tried to start is shown the following error message:
> AUDIT: Thu Apr 3 20:34:48 2008 836 X: client 1 rejected from localhost (uid 
> 1001)
> Auth name: XDM-AUTHORIZATION-1 ID: -1
> Xlib: connection to "0:0" refused by server
> Xlib: Protocol not supported by server
> .xinitrc and .xsession both have the same contens "exec startxfce4" and the 
> permissions "rwxr-xr-x".
> Any thoughts please?

Does the regular user have an ~/.Xauthority file? If not, you might have
to create it with xauth(1), or copy it from the root user.

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