Snow Leopard 10.6.2 can't run 'X11.app' (with system log)

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  1. Mic'sBook macrumors regular

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    Hello everyone, English is not my mother tongue so may not be exactly correct, sorry about that.

    Background:
    I have a MacBook White (13-inch, Mid 2009) that isn't unibody, and was running Leopard 10.5.
    I am the only one that will use the Mac and my user account is as the 'admin'.

    When I was using 10.5, I could open the 'X11.app'.
    But few days ago, I did a clean installation of 10.6.2 Snow Leopard from the USD$29 disc.
    After that I installed the iLife '09 (the gray disc bundled with the MacBook),
    and I cloned the drive to my ext. FireWire HD immediately after the installation of SL and iLife'09 by using the CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner).
    After that, of course, I was going to install the apps I need, and update the software.

    But the problem appears:
    When I try to open the 'X11.app', the X11 icon begins jumping on the Dock, but nothing happens.
    Jumping and jumping... finally, it doesn't jump any more, with just the X11 icon on the dock.
    What's more, there is no white dot under the icon, which means the app isn't running at the moment.
    I right-clicked the icon, it shows me 'application not responding'.

    So, I open the Activity Monitor, and I can see there are two apps related to X11 are running:
    (1) X11
    (2) X11.bin

    Please see below for the system log (around 1min. log, starting with the time when I open the X11)
    ==========
    Feb 20 15:56:30 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook 0x0-0x33033.org.x.X1128300: X11.app: main(): argc=2
    Feb 20 15:56:30 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook 0x0-0x33033.org.x.X1128300: argv[0] = /Applications/Utilities/X11.app/Contents/MacOS/X11.bin
    Feb 20 15:56:30 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook 0x0-0x33033.org.x.X1128300: argv[1] = -psn_0_208947
    Feb 20 15:56:30 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook 0x0-0x33033.org.x.X1128300: Waiting for startup parameters via Mach IPC.
    Feb 20 15:56:33 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28308: font_cache: Scanning user font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:56:33 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28308: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:56:33 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Scanning system font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:56:33 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook defaults28334: \nThe domain/default pair of (org.x.X11, dpi) does not exist
    Feb 20 15:56:33 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28308: xauth: creating new authority file /Volumes/(my user name)'s Home/Users/(my user name)/.serverauth.28308
    Feb 20 15:56:33 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28308: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 288: unexpected EOF while looking for matching `''
    Feb 20 15:56:33 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28308: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 289: syntax error: unexpected end of file
    Feb 20 15:56:33 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook com.apple.launchd.peruser.501135 (org.x.startx): Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
    Feb 20 15:56:34 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:56:36 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Done
    Feb 20 15:56:44 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28441: font_cache: Scanning user font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:56:44 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28441: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:56:44 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Scanning system font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:56:44 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook defaults28467: \nThe domain/default pair of (org.x.X11, dpi) does not exist
    Feb 20 15:56:44 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28441: xauth: creating new authority file /Volumes/(my user name)'s Home/Users/(my user name)/.serverauth.28441
    Feb 20 15:56:44 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28441: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 288: unexpected EOF while looking for matching `''
    Feb 20 15:56:44 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28441: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 289: syntax error: unexpected end of file
    Feb 20 15:56:44 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook com.apple.launchd.peruser.501135 (org.x.startx): Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
    Feb 20 15:56:44 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:56:46 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Done
    Feb 20 15:56:54 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28574: font_cache: Scanning user font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:56:54 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28574: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:56:54 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Scanning system font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:56:54 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook defaults28602: \nThe domain/default pair of (org.x.X11, dpi) does not exist
    Feb 20 15:56:54 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28574: xauth: creating new authority file /Volumes/(my user name)'s Home/Users/(my user name)/.serverauth.28574
    Feb 20 15:56:54 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28574: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 288: unexpected EOF while looking for matching `''
    Feb 20 15:56:54 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28574: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 289: syntax error: unexpected end of file
    Feb 20 15:56:54 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook com.apple.launchd.peruser.501135 (org.x.startx): Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
    Feb 20 15:56:54 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:56:56 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Done
    Feb 20 15:57:04 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28708: font_cache: Scanning user font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:57:04 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28708: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:57:04 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Scanning system font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:57:04 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook defaults28734: \nThe domain/default pair of (org.x.X11, dpi) does not exist
    Feb 20 15:57:04 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28708: xauth: creating new authority file /Volumes/(my user name)'s Home/Users/(my user name)/.serverauth.28708
    Feb 20 15:57:04 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28708: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 288: unexpected EOF while looking for matching `''
    Feb 20 15:57:04 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28708: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 289: syntax error: unexpected end of file
    Feb 20 15:57:04 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook com.apple.launchd.peruser.501135 (org.x.startx): Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
    Feb 20 15:57:04 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:57:06 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Done
    Feb 20 15:57:14 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28841: font_cache: Scanning user font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:57:14 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28841: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:57:14 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Scanning system font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:57:14 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook defaults28869: \nThe domain/default pair of (org.x.X11, dpi) does not exist
    Feb 20 15:57:14 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28841: xauth: creating new authority file /Volumes/(my user name)'s Home/Users/(my user name)/.serverauth.28841
    Feb 20 15:57:14 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28841: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 288: unexpected EOF while looking for matching `''
    Feb 20 15:57:14 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28841: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 289: syntax error: unexpected end of file
    Feb 20 15:57:14 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook com.apple.launchd.peruser.501135 (org.x.startx): Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
    Feb 20 15:57:14 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:57:16 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Done
    Feb 20 15:57:24 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28974: font_cache: Scanning user font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:57:24 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28974: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:57:24 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Scanning system font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 15:57:24 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook defaults29000: \nThe domain/default pair of (org.x.X11, dpi) does not exist
    Feb 20 15:57:24 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28974: xauth: creating new authority file /Volumes/(my user name)'s Home/Users/(my user name)/.serverauth.28974
    Feb 20 15:57:24 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28974: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 288: unexpected EOF while looking for matching `''
    Feb 20 15:57:24 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx28974: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 289: syntax error: unexpected end of file
    Feb 20 15:57:24 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook com.apple.launchd.peruser.501135 (org.x.startx): Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
    Feb 20 15:57:25 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 15:57:27 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Done
    ==========

    It seems that the processes are repeating themselves,
    so I decide to end them in the Activity Monitor.
    For 'X11', I have to force quit.
    For 'X11.bin', 'quit' is enough.

    But after that, it seems that the processes are stilling running:
    ==========
    Feb 20 16:03:11 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx33510: xauth: creating new authority file /Volumes/(my user name)'s Home/Users/(my user name)/.serverauth.33510
    Feb 20 16:03:11 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx33510: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 288: unexpected EOF while looking for matching `''
    Feb 20 16:03:11 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx33510: /usr/X11/bin/startx: eval: line 289: syntax error: unexpected end of file
    Feb 20 16:03:11 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook com.apple.launchd.peruser.501135 (org.x.startx): Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
    Feb 20 16:03:11 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 16:03:13 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Done
    Feb 20 16:03:21 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx33643: font_cache: Scanning user font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 16:03:21 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx33643: font_cache: Updating FC cache
    Feb 20 16:03:21 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.privileged_startx206: font_cache: Scanning system font directories to generate X11 font caches
    Feb 20 16:03:21 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook defaults33669: \nThe domain/default pair of (org.x.X11, dpi) does not exist
    Feb 20 16:03:21 (my user name)-(my user name)-MacBook org.x.startx33643: xauth: creating new authority file /Volumes/(my user name)'s Home/Users/(my user name)/.serverauth.33643
    ==========

    As I've said, I have a clone of 10.6.2 on my ext. FireWire HD.
    So I've tried to boot the MacBook with the key 'option' pressed in order to boot from the clone.
    What surprises me is that I can open the X11 without any problem.
    And I've tried to open a new user account to test.
    Even if the account isn't 'admin', the X11 can be opened too.

    What this phenomenon tells me is that maybe there is an app(s) that I installed will make the X11 not open.

    I've Googled the problem and tried the following methods:
    (1) Reinstall the X11 from the Snow Leopard disc.
    (2) Log in as the 'root' user, go to System Preferences to create a temporary account (e.g. named 'test') so that I can delete my current account (e.g. named 'User') (I copied the UUID and pasted it into TextEdit, saving it on my different partition of ext. FireWire HD.). Then I open a new account with the same username (named 'User') and paste the UUID I previously saved to the newly created account (named 'User'), and then redirect the home folder path to the original home folder (the account named 'User' that I deleted).
    (3) Create an account for testing (e.g. named 'test'), set it as admin. Then log in as the 'root' user, to use 'ditto' command in Terminal to copy my home folder to the account named 'test'. After that, I make the account for testing (account name 'test') have the permission to read and write the files by pressing 'command + I' the home folder, and then set the user 'test' having the permission to read and write and apply this to all the enclosed folder.

    NONE of the above has worked.

    So what can I do in order to make my X11.app work again?
    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

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  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    I suspect X11 needs Rosetta...run Optional Installs on your 10.6 DVD and then try relaunching X11.
     
  4. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    No, I doubt it. Besides, if an app needs Rosetta and it's not installed, Snow Leopard will inform the user, and ask if he wants Rosetta installed. If so, the OS will then download Rosetta and install it, if I remember correctly.
     
  5. Mic'sBook thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you LPZ, I've sent my problem to the mailing list,
    but I hope my problem can be solved here too.

    No, 'X11.app' doesn't need Rosetta.

    As I've said in my post,
    when I boot from the clone from my ext. FireWire HD (the clone is made after the clean installation of SL (without choosing to install 'Rosetta') and iLife '09),
    I can open X11 without any problem.
    And I've created an account in SL for testing, and find that I can use X11 too.
    Only the account I currently using can't open X11.

    Any reply is highly appreciated!
    Thank you all!
     
  6. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    If /Volumes/(my user name)'s Home/Users/(my user name) contains a single quote character and a space character (as it appears) then I would do what Jeremy suggested. He's the lead developer of X11 for Apple, and is almost always correct.
     
  7. Mic'sBook thread starter macrumors regular

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    Actually it is
    /Volumes/Michael's Home/Users/Michael/

    I've clarified what that means there too.
    Thank you LPZ! :)
     

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