How to start X as non root user without using display manager

TeXitoi texitoi at
Fri Sep 5 19:03:02 CEST 2008

C R McClenaghan <chris at> writes:

> I'm hoping to boot into a non privileged user to use the phone.
> Does anyone know how to start X as a non root user without using a  
> display manager. My attempts to simply add --chuid <name|uid> option  
> to start-stop-daemon result in the error message - "X: user not  
> authorized to run the X server, aborting". If I login using a usb  
> keyboard an issue startxfce from the shell there isn't any problem.

to start X without owning the console, see /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config

> Thoughts?

Personnally, on debian, I use that in /etc/inittab :

2:23:respawn:/sbin/getty -L -n -l /usr/local/sbin/autologin 38400 tty2

and autologin :
exec su -l user -c startx -- vt4

Thanks to getty in inittab, the console is owned by the launcher, and
/etc/X11/Xwrapper.config do not nead to be touched.

to customise your xsession, just customise .xsession.

Guillaume Pinot        

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