Breezy: X Won't Start

Sean C Sieger sean.sieger at
Fri Jul 1 01:14:48 UTC 2005

Steve Feehan <sfeehan at> writes:

> On Thu, Jun 30, 2005 at 05:33:13PM -0400, Sean C Sieger wrote:
>> So, this prints to the terminal:
>> sudo apt-get upgrade 2>&1 | tee ~/apt-get.log
>> but only 'gets' to here:
>> Reading package lists...
>> Building dependency tree...
>> The following packages have been kept back:
>>   alsa-base apt apt-utils aptitude aspell-bin aspell-en bind9-host bug-buddy
>>   capplets capplets-data cupsys dbus-1-utils dmsetup dnsutils eject evolution
>>   evolution-data-server evolution-exchange freeglut3 gaim gaim-data gedit
>>   gedit-common gnome-control-center gnome-media gnome-menus gnome-panel
>> [...]
>>   render-dev rss-glx sound-juicer sp synaptic tcpdump totem totem-gstreamer
>>   ttf-indic-fonts ubuntu-base ubuntu-desktop update-notifier w3m wireless-tools
>>   wvdial x-dev x-window-system-core xbase-clients xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi
>>   xfonts-base xfonts-scalable xlibs-data xscreensaver-gl xserver-xorg xterm
>>   xutils yelp
>> 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 126 not upgraded.
>> So Steve Feehan, you are correct, it seems that apt-get cannot prompt
>> me.
> You say that as if there was ever any doubt! ;)
No, sir, I never doubted you -- I had indeed messed with the orginal
line Steve Laniels gave me and saw this result in apt-get.log.

> Though, I think if you look closely at the last line you'll see
> that you probably aren't being prompted at all since there is nothing
> to be prompted about. No packages are being installed/updated.
So, when X wouldn't start it offered to tell me why and I said,
"Why not?"
"/etc/X11/X is not executable" was the response.
That, for now.

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