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X11 not working on Mac OSX 10.4.11

Posted on 2011-03-07
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The Mac OS X version is 10.4.11
X11 opens and then automatically shuts down.

I tried the following already with no luck:

Installed x11 from the Mac OSX Tiger DVD.
Installed using the instructions on this website.
Installed the X11 2006 update from here.

None of them worked. X11 still closes automatically after opening it.

Any thoughts?
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Question by:imperialguy
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by:strung
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There are a couple of different suggestions here:

http://hintsforums.macworld.com/showthread.php?t=23926&page=2
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by:et01267
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You might have a corrupt / broken .xinitrc file in your home directory.

You'll need to check in a Terminal window as (by default) such files are invisible in the Finder.

In the terminal do

cd ~
ls -l .xinitrc

If 'ls' shows there is a file there, you can try moving it to a different name, e.g.,

mv .xinitrc saved.xinitrc

and try starting X again - it may win.
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by:imperialguy
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.xinitrc doesn't exist in my home directory.
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by:strung
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Try deleting

~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.x11.plist
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by:et01267
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Then you might have  a corrupt plist file.

Look for com.apple.x11.plist in ~/Library/Preferences

Try moving it aside and then start X11



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by:strung
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If that doesn't work, use Console.app to look at your logs to see what is logged when X11 crashes and post the results here.
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Thanks to all for your suggestions. I found the problem. My tmp directory didn't have proper permissions. So, upon checking the error log in the console, it showed that write permission problems to the /tmp folder. I changed the permissions so that all users can write to it. Now, the problem is fixed. Appreciate al the help. Thank you all once again.
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by:imperialguy
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Found the root cause is with file permissions. Fixed it.
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