xlock/users unable to use
Env: 3.2.5, xlock, xstations, AIXwindows 1.2.3
Desc: Received xlock and not able to use this either on the console or
any of the xstations. Error message from console:
xlock must have root authority to lock display
From the xstations get error message:
Cannot lock xlock DISPLAY
Ran Began which xlock - result /bin/xlock
There is also reference in /usr/bin/xlock.
Do an ls -al on both files. Both had same size, permissions and link to
Tried to run either with full path name and received same errors.
Had you remove the file for the one in bin. Now when doing which
xlock you get back /usr/lpp/X11/bin/xlock. Compare to my system.
On our system the below exists:
$ ls -l /usr/bin/xlock
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root system 22 Jul 23 04:00 /usr/bin/xlock ->
$ ls -l /usr/lpp/X11/bin/xlock
-rwsr-xr-x 1 root system 137347 Sep 17 1993 /usr/lpp/X11/bin/xlock
The permissions on the xlock file should be 755 and set the sticky bit
for user 'chmod u+s xlock'
1) run chmod 755 xlock
2) run chmod u+s xlock
This will allow the xlock to work on the console.
The syntax for the new Xllr5 MIT verson of xlock has changed for
To lock up an Xstation using the new 'xlock' client, you
will need to add the '-remote' option on the xlock command line as
If you don't want to bother with this added flag every time you start
'xlock' then you can modify the '/usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/XLock'
file. The line to change appears below.
Simply change this value to true and your 'xlock' will now lock your
Xstation without the added flag.
Further information on the new 'xlock' client can be found in the
'List of Commands' entry for 'xlock' in InfoExplorer.
Support Line: xlock/users unable to use ITEM: AB9327L
Dated: October 1994 Category: N/A
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