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Monday, 20 August 2012

Running an X server for a different user



Starting a different X Server is a really handy trick when you have issues with the desktop.

Firstly add a password to allow root to sign on to a session.

From Terminal enter:
sudo -i
passwd 
If your password is about to expire via a policy this tricks works as well especially if your password is shorter than what the policy allows.
passwd "username"
Next you need to ensure all users can use X:

You will need this to install Lotus Domino on Linux or AIX.


Edit file /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config:
Change this line:

allowed_users=console
to
allowed_users=anybody

or use:
xhost +
To start X press CTL ALT F1 / F2 / F3 / F4

Login with the correct user. You can start at least 4 X sessions.
startx -- :1
or
startx -- 2:       (etc)

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