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Ubuntu 16.04 (EE) xf86OpenConsole: Cannot open virtual console 2 (Permission denied)
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-legacy

Edit /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config

allowed_users=anybody
needs_root_rights=yes
@gabefair
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gabefair commented Apr 20, 2018

Thank you so much for this! Installing the v390 nvidia drivers for a GTX 1070Ti broke xorg for me

@edeetee
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edeetee commented Jul 30, 2018

Thanks, worked for me. Didn't personally need to edit Xwrapper though.

@martinsteeg
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martinsteeg commented Sep 22, 2018

Hi there,
this and "The system is running in lo graphics mode" screen is a problem I'm struggling with - since a long time ago.
The above documented and anything I found on the net (incl. Ubuntu forums) didn't work for me

The following is my solution

1.) From the "The system is running in lo graphics mode" screen exit to a console and login as root

2.) Remove unity, lightdm and ubuntu-desktop (with all the wrong configuration data)
$ apt-get remove unity lightdm ubuntu-desktop
$ dpkg --purge unity lightdm ubuntu-desktop

if dpkg is warning about configuration files or directories it cannot remove, remove those files/directories manually, e.g.:
$ rm -rf /etc/lightdm /var/lib/lightdm-data

3.) Newly install unity, lightdm and ubuntu-desktop
$ apt-get install unity lightdm ubuntu-desktop

After the following command, the lightdm login screen appears and all should work fine...
$ service lightdm start

Martin

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GourouLubrik commented Mar 18, 2019

I was unable to start xfce4 / lightdm on openmediavault 4 (based on debian stretch).
I was thinking to reinstall everything... but I won't need to because of your lifesaving fix. <3

@joseananio
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joseananio commented Jun 26, 2019

on Debian*

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg-legacy

select anybody as allowed users

thank you @alepez

@salotz
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salotz commented Aug 17, 2020

On 18.04.

Don't know why but surprised that the needs_root_rights=yes line is actually needed, but its true :P

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ghost commented Nov 8, 2020

I had this problem but bizarrely,it was caused by a couple of entries in /etc/fstab which pointed to NFS mounts that didn't exist. Even though the "noauto" was set, it still stopped me logging in to the desktop.

@cagnulein
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cagnulein commented Nov 19, 2020

On 18.04.

Don't know why but surprised that the needs_root_rights=yes line is actually needed, but its true :P

i confirm it too!

@nhuongmh
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nhuongmh commented Nov 14, 2021

Thank you, you saved me after hour of googling

@milind-brahme
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milind-brahme commented Jan 23, 2022

Right on the money. You are doing god's service.

@vovabob
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vovabob commented Sep 15, 2022

Six years later running Void, I've ended up here too. For some reason 'needs_root_rights=auto' does not work. Xwrapper insists on 'yes'. Could not find the answer.

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