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Hi, I am using RedHat Linux 6.2, the following is the problem:

(1) At the server console, I login as root
(2) Then I "su - userSOMEONE" to switch to "userSOMEONE"
(3) Then I "startx" to start the X-window, but I got this error
        Authentication failed - cannot start X server.
        Perhaps you do not have console
ownership?_X11TransSocketUNIXConnect: Can't connect: errno = 111
        giving up.
        xinit:  Connection refused (errno 111):  unable to connect to X
server
        xinit:  No such process (errno 3):  Server error.

However, if I "startx" after step (1), where login as root, the error won't
appear and X-window starts normally.

Does anyone have this experience? Did I missed some settings?
Thanks in advance.
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It's behaving the way it is supposed to. When you log in as root, the system gives ownership of the console to root. As a security measure X will fail if the user that starts it isn't the same user that owns the console.

The solution is to log onto the console as the user, not as root, and then start X. If you need root privs later during that session, simply su to root.
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by:ahoffmann
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.. or do a
     xhost +
before su - userSOMEONE
(keep security in mind: man xhost)
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by:garboua
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I agree with jlevie,you should always log with a generic account, and you can always su to root when needed.
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by:bearware
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xhost is not the issue, the other stuff looks correct to me. If there is a good reason to login as root then change. I cant imagine why. Then change the ownership of the console.

Hooky workaround:
Find the console name. (tty?)
as root type:
chown userSOMEONE /dev/tty?
su userSOMEONE
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