X is not starting

Igor Peshansky pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Tue Apr 8 14:03:00 GMT 2008

On Mon, 7 Apr 2008, Daniel Senderowicz wrote:

> I'm resending the XWin.log because it seems that your spam
> blocker doesn't like the compressed file.

FWIW, the compressed attachment came through.  But it would be nice (TM)
to get a plain-text attachment, as that could be easily read through the
web archives while not polluting the actual message with inline text.

> Hi,
> I had everything perfectly working with "startx :0" until I decided that
> I needed to emulate a 3-button mouse. Since I didn't find such option in
> the startx script, I set it up in the starxwin.bat which I never used
> before. So when I startxwin it will open whatever application I can
> invoke from the command line but it doesn't give me a separate layer
> such as the one I was getting with startx in which I could click with
> the mouse, etc. So I tried to go back to startx but now it closes off,
> so I don't know why I cannot go back to what I was doing before. I
> deleted /tmp/.X11-unix to no avail. I assume that there should be
> another persistent file that was modified when I invoked startxwin which
> is not letting startx work properly. Below you'll find
> the /tmp/XWin.log.
> Many thanks in advance,
> Daniel
> _____________________________________________________________________
> XWin was started with the following command line:
> X :0 -multiwindow -clipboard
First things first: the above causes X to use the native MS window manager
instead of a separate window manager like twm.  You seem to indicate that
you liked the separate root window -- for that, remove the -multiwindow

Also, if you want to emulate a 3-button mouse, try the -emulate3buttons

FWIW, you can pass extra arguments to the X server via startx.  For
example, to get the above, use "startx :0 -- -emulate3buttons -clipboard".

> [snip]
> _XSERVTransmkdir: Owner of /tmp/.X11-unix should be set to root

This might be a problem if that socket is not readable/writable by you.
Otherwise you can ignore it.

> [snip]
> winClipboardProc - Call to select () failed: -1.  Bailing.

This could indicate the presence of an application from the
<http://cygwin.com/acronyms/#BLODA> (see
<http://cygwin.com/faq/faq.using.html#faq.using.bloda> for a list).
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