kdm: can't lock authorization file...
From: Piter (schockwellenreiter_at_member.alpenverein.at)
Date: 7 Oct 2003 01:43:21 -0700
Hello out there!
I've got a (hopefully) "small" problem with Linux. I'm using SuSe
Linux 7.3 (I know, I know, it's not exactly the cutting edge of
software, but until now it did the job fairly well, at least most of
Yesterday I switched on the computer. At first everything went fine:
the usual boot messages (I've got the boot.msg if necessary), the
graphical login. I entered my user name, chose KDE as desktop manager
and hit ENTER. What followed was...nothing. The login-dialog vanished
but nothing else happened. After quite a while the login dialog
reappeared. I tried out other desktop managers like gnome, windowmaker
and fvwm2, to no avail, however.
Typing Ctrl-Alt-F10 I had a look at the error messages. I read the
"linux kdm: can't lock authorization file /home/usr/.Xauthority
or backup /tmp/.XauthhksmQa"
I had a look at these directories. They contained both files, albeit
of zero size. They also contained files with the same name but with a
"-c" at the end. The problem seems to be connected somehow with the
X-server. By the way, using KDE etc. as "root" doesn't work either.
Entering console-mode works at least (thank god!)
Does any one of you know how to deal with this problem? I would be
very grateful as I'm not exactly in the mood to re-install the whole
stuff (OS, applications, backup etc. etc.). Thank you very much in