XFCE starts as root w/o login screen

Doug Laidlaw laidlaws at hotkey.net.au
Tue Feb 2 16:16:05 CET 2010

On Mon, 1 Feb 2010 09:58:31 pm neismark at gmx.de wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I've been playing with a netbook recently on which a linux distro named
> "FoxOS" is installed. Obviously it's Fedora-based, but with XFCE4 as
> desktop.
> When I boot it, it starts the X-server and runs XFCE4 as root. There's no
> login screen. I'd rather use a non-priviledged account (and created on for
> that purpose).
> So far I've not been able to find out why no login is required. I suppose
> the display manager itself should be responsible for this. But there's no
> {g,k,x}dm running. I can see that at one point startxfce4 is called, that's
> all.
> Which part of a "regular" XFCE-setup might be missing? What to change to
>  make XFCE ask for a login?
> Grateful for any hints,
> Mark
Since XFCE is only the desktop, your problem is further up, or back.  You need 
to have a user account in the OS, and login as that user.  See




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