[xubuntu-users] Questions about errors and duplicate messages in .xsession-errors#

Chris Green cl at isbd.net
Fri Dec 16 12:37:11 UTC 2011

On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:13:02AM +0000, jr wrote:
> On 16/12/11 00:04, Chris Green wrote:
> >>running Xubuntu 11.10 here (clean install) and no .xsession.errors
> >>file is generated.
> >>
> >That's a bit strange, the presence of .xsession.errors doesn't mean you
> >have any errors.  It's simply a place where stdout from the start-up
> >scripts gets sent.
> >
> >For example you should always see:-
> >
> >     /etc/gdm/Xsession: Beginning session setup...
> >
> >(unless they've changed things between 11.04 and 11.10).
> >
> >
> Xubuntu 11.10 came with lightdm manager, I suppose that explains the
> absence of that file.  still, I'd be looking into *why* the system
> tries to start another X server because most of the errors relate to
> instances of this and that already running, though you'd probably
> still get the warning re buttons.
Well as far as I can see they *all* do it.  I'm currently using my
netbook which has a very minimal xubuntu 11.04 installation and its
.xsession-errors is:-

    /etc/gdm/Xsession: Beginning session setup...
    unable to find device KYE  Traveler 350
    Warning: Only changing the first 32 of 12 buttons.
    Setting IM through im-switch for locale=en_GB.
    Start IM through /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/all_ALL linked to /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/default.
    /usr/bin/startxfce4: X server already running on display :0
    xrdb:  "Xft.hinting" on line 13 overrides entry on line 6
    xrdb:  "Xft.hintstyle" on line 14 overrides entry on line 7
    Warning: Only changing the first 32 of 12 buttons.
    ssh-agent is already running
    xfdesktop[6368]: starting up
    Warning: Only changing the first 32 of 12 buttons.
    xfce4-settings-helper: Another instance is already running. Leaving...

    (polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1:6408): polkit-gnome-1-WARNING **:
    Failed to register client: Th
    e name org.gnome.SessionManager was not provided by any .service
    GtkWarning: Ignoring the s
    eparator setting

So the "/bin/startxfce4: X server already running on display :0" is here
too.  This was, as I said, a pretty much out-of-the-box basic xubuntu
installation and I've added hardly anything to it.  That second attempt
to start X comes with xubuntu, nothing to do with changes I've made. 
Since it's basically symptomless I don't think anyone is bothered about

Chris Green

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