More on Can't start Xserver as user
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- Subject: More on Can't start Xserver as user
- From: Lance Hoffmeyer <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 14:36:50 -0500
- Message-id: <19990610143650.A2905@Buddha>
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> On Wed, Jun 09, 1999 at 07:26:34PM -0500, Lance Hoffmeyer wrote:
> > Just recently as lost be ability to start an Xwindow as a user.
> > 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!
> Check the contents of /etc/X11/Xserver. The file is internally documented.
I did find this little diddy though:
The xinit command (which startx runs) provided with XFree86 3.3.2 and later has been modified to look for an X server
called ``Xwrapper'' instead of ``X''. If you don't have Xwrapper installed, you will get an error message from
xinit/startx when it tries to start the non-set-uid X server without using the wrapper. The same thing will happen if you
do have Xwrapper installed but you have an xserverrc file (usually $HOME/.xserverrc, but it can be any file pointed to by
your XSERVERRC environment variable) that references ``X'' instead of ``Xwrapper''. To fix that, edit your xserverrc file
and replace ``X'' with ``Xwrapper''. If instead of X you have some other X server name (eg, XF86_SVGA) in your xserverrc
file, you will need to create a symbolic link from it to /usr/X11R6/bin/X and replace it with ``Xwrapper'' in your
I don't think I have Xwrapper installed. I searched for it but didn't find it.
also, I found /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit/xserverrc which has a link to /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc which does not exist
can I create this file /etc/X11/xinit/sserverrc? If so what do I need to put in it. I am running XF86_SVGA or at least
that is what is in my /etc/X11/Xserver file.