Subject: Re: Weird xauth problem
To: Gavan Fantom <>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 10/13/2004 10:44:49
On Wed, Oct 13, 2004 at 02:58:56PM +0100, Gavan Fantom wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Oct 2004, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:
> >I have no idea what's going on here.  Can anyone explain it?  It would
> >be nice to be able to run a web browser!
> You don't run vnc or anything else that could write to .Xauthority, do 
> you?

No!  A totally plain-vanilla X installation so bare and old-school
that generally I only have twm and a window manager running, in fact.

Rebooting the machine seemed to fix the problem, but it's been
reported by others, and I think we should figure out its root cause
if we can.

Restarting the X server did *not* fix the problem, because the X server,
in fact, would not restart!  I killed and restarted xdm, in fact, and it
was unable to restart the X server until I rebooted the machine.

Something must be messed up with X authorization somehow such that some
kind of _global_ state can end up so wrong that either of these symptoms
could happen.  I just can't think what that state could be.

 Thor Lancelot Simon	                            
   But as he knew no bad language, he had called him all the names of common
 objects that he could think of, and had screamed: "You lamp!  You towel!  You
 plate!" and so on.              --Sigmund Freud