Subject: Re: Weird xauth problem
To: Gavan Fantom <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <email@example.com>
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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