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Re: Permission denied on startx after suspend resume

On Tue, 12 Oct 2004, Barry Hawkins wrote:

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> List,
> 	I rebooted after waking from suspend on my Titanium PowerBook G4
> 500MHz and began experiencing an inability to log on via the KDM
> prompt.  I would enter my credentials, the screen would go black, then
> show the default X background, then reload the KDM login prompt.  I
> went to a console login via Alt + N, and was able to login there.  When
> trying to run startx, the following errors are encountered among the
> XFree86 output:
> Writing authority file /home/barryh/.Xauthority
> /usr/bin/X11/startx: line 131: /dev/null: Permission denies

 It sounds as if /dev/null has been trashed.  Does `ls -l /dev/null'
show something like this ?

crw-rw-rw-  1 root root   1,   3   (a date) /dev/null

 If it's just the permissions, chmod 666 /dev/null.  If something has
overwritten it so that it's now a regular file, delete it and

mknod -m 666 /dev/null c 1 3

 When /dev/null doesn't work, all bets are off in trying to interpret
other errors.

 das eine Mal als Tragödie, das andere Mal als Farce

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