after some time -> error: can't open display: :0.0

Anton Shterenlikht mexas at
Mon Jul 6 10:38:13 UTC 2009

This is on FBSD 8.0-current i386 with intel 845G video chip, with
xorg-server-1.6.1,1 and xdm-1.1.8_1.

Initially the server starts fine, but after a while I cannot open any new
window, whether it is xterm, xpdf, display, firefox, etc. I get:

% xterm &
[2] 85659
% No protocol specified
xterm Xt error: Can't open display: :0.0

[2]    Exit 1                        xterm

To fix the problem I have to logout and logon again.

What could be causing this behaviour?

many thanks

Anton Shterenlikht
Room 2.6, Queen's Building
Mech Eng Dept
Bristol University
University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR, UK
Tel: +44 (0)117 928 8233 
Fax: +44 (0)117 929 4423

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