Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 13325
authentication error running 'startx'
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:56 EDT
Using XFree86-4.0-29, I get the following error trying to run X as a normal
user (either with a 3.3.6 or a 4.0 server -- both use Xwrapper)
Authentication failed - cannot start X server.
Perhaps you do not have console ownership?
PAM configuration for xserver looks sane to me and I've logged in as the
user on the console and /dev/console is writable, so I'm not sure how the
auth is failing.
Fix as suggested by Hans de Goede on testers-list is to add
/etc/security/console.apps/xserver to the XFree86 rpm. This does work to fix
Will be fixed in 0.30 and later builds. Thanks for the bug report!