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    Default Non-root user can not start GUI/x-server (gnome)

    Good day

    After creating a non-root user, after reboot I am able to logon as the new user but unable to enter the GUI.
    Keep receiving the following error:
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    xauth: timeout in locking authority file //.Xauthority
    xauth: timeout in locking authority file //.Xauthority
    xauth: timeout in locking authority file //.Xauthority
    xauth: timeout in locking authority file //.Xauthority
    the screen then goes black and nothing happens until reboot.Everything else works perfectly when logged in as root though.
    Can someone please explain why this happens and how to fix this?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Non-root user can not start GUI/x-server (gnome)

    What command did you use when adding the user?

    Problem here was using a different command;
    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hority-392633/

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    Default Respuesta: Non-root user can not start GUI/x-server (gnome)

    Backtrack doesn't support adding unpriviledged users. The fix is simple, run as root

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    Default Re: Non-root user can not start GUI/x-server (gnome)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy87 View Post
    What command did you use when adding the user?

    Problem here was using a different command;
    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hority-392633/
    This solved it, same problem as in the link. Thanks! would have never gotten to that!

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    Default Re: Non-root user can not start GUI/x-server (gnome)

    also look at what groups your non-root user is in. Might need to be added to the video group or some such. I typically run on gentoo, and am not yet familiar with BT5. At least as far as how much it differs from BT4r2. Haven't had any time to spend checking out the new version... : P

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    Default Re: Non-root user can not start GUI/x-server (gnome)

    sudo startx

    Maybe that'll work...

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    Default Re: Non-root user can not start GUI/x-server (gnome)

    This solved it, same problem as in the link. Thanks! would have never gotten to that!
    Glad it worked for you, cheers for confirming it here.

    Backtrack doesn't support adding unpriviledged users. The fix is simple, run as root
    Hmm, I know this was written for BT4 R2 but I'm sure it would still apply to BT5. Plus I've read various other threads where users seem to use a normal non root account to run BT.

    http://www.backtrack-linux.org/forum...backtrack.html

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