After running once startx command in terminal i can not login as user anymore to my normal desktop. It still works as root. I am using the Mate desktop environment. Can any one help?

cd ~
sudo chown username:groupname .Xauthority

You must have restarted X server as a root user and thus the file .Xauthority which was owned by the user, now got owned by root.

Try giving back the ownership as suggested.

  • how can i find out the groupname? groups amir gives me : amir : amir cdrom floppy audio dip video plugdev netdev lpadmin scanner bluetooth – user106035 Mar 21 '17 at 16:18
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    use grep <username> /etc/groups to get your username – Ashish K Mar 21 '17 at 18:54

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