[Smaug] Lack of X-cellence by FreeBSD user

Dave friend at vortex4.net
Sun, 16 Jun 2002 20:10:03 -0700

Personally, I just go with xdm;  It automates things nicely, once 
you get the hang of it.  I recently recovered from some window
manager starting problems by making that sure stuff was in a .xsession
file, rather than a .xinitrc file, which apparently gets ignored with
the current FreeBSD+XFree86-4 config...dunno if that helps any, but
it's how I got X4 working last time on FreeBSD :>


On Sat, Jun 15, 2002 at 03:20:13PM -0700, Peter Belew wrote:
> To X and FreeBSD experts:
> I have a problem with a recent installation of FreeBSD 4.5 -
> I can't start X with startx except when logged in as root.
> On the other hand, I don't know how to configure my account
> so Xwrapper works:
> 1) Trying to run 'startx', I see:
>  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).
> 2) Trying 'Xwrapper':
>  X starts, but gnome doesn't start (and of course no window
>  manager). I have to use ctrl-alt-BS to abort X. Issue here is how
>  to configure so gnome and a wm will run for this user.
> I can run X from a root login, using startx. Gnome and Enlightenment
> work fine.
> My X server is ...
> -rwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  2062118 Jan  8 00:06 XF86_Mach64
>  - Peter
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Dave Cotton