I ask for your help since I am on linux and when I wanted to log in normally (typing my password) it kept loading indefinitely, and when I open the "console" with the key combination (ctrl alt fn f3) and start session From there everything is fine, but when I want to start with startx it gives me the following error:

Xauth: timeout in lock authority file / home / user /. Xauthority

Try to solve it with the first two answers of (Why am I getting this message from xauth: "timeout in locking authority file /home/<user>/.Xauthority"? -authority -file-home) but it keeps giving me that error, also check the /home/user/ folder and seeing the files with the command ls -l .Xauthority didn't show me anything, it gave me the error Didn't find the file, and even typing the rm --rf Xathority command didn't give me an error, no matter how many times I ran that command, when I rebooted my computer it still didn't work like it hadn't done anything. What I can do? Thanks in advance :) and I hope I have made myself understood.


Try to solve it also based on this question but it also didn't work giving me the same errors from the beginning.

I want to add that I already tried to do this:

rm -fr .Xauth- *

And also this:

rm -fr / home / user / .Xauthority

And neither way gives me an error, so I think if they are removed, but if immediately after typing those commands, I type startx, it keeps giving me the error of:

Xauth: timeout in lock authority file / home / user /. Xauthority

Second update

When I try to end the ssh session it gives me errors that are the same as some people describe in this question (https://qastack.mx/ubuntu/103889/how-do-i-restart-the-ssh-service), try to fix it with the same answers from that question but it still doesn't work where there are errors at the end of the session.

  • Quit using rm -rf. 1) it's dangerous and 2) -f tells it to NOT give you any errors. You probably need those errors.
    – user10489
    Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 0:43
  • if ls -l .Xauthority says file not found, can you try creating it? touch .Xauthority ; rm .Xauthority . Possibly you can't write new files?
    – user10489
    Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 0:46
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    Sorry I'm very new in Linux, let me try it without -f and just -r and the other option
    – DFG
    Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 0:47
  • the -r isn't necessary either. You really shoudln't copy paste things from websites without fully understanding what they do. Especially with the rm command.
    – user10489
    Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 0:53
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    @user10489 so, what sould I do then?
    – DFG
    Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 0:56

1 Answer 1


The .Xauthority lock timeout error typically is caused by problems writing to the file. Typical causes for this would include:

  • incorrect permissions on the .Xauthority file (ownership or permissions)
  • over disk quota or disk full
  • incorrect permissions on the home directory

From discussion in comments, it sounds like your problem is the last of these.

Just to be sure this is the problem, run ls -ld ~ to check the permissions on your home directory. Likely, either you don't have write access, or you don't own the directory. chmod u+w ~ would fix the former, chown $USER ~ would fix the later.

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    Hello, I tried what you said and it worked, the problem is that I get other errors, but I will do those better in another question
    – DFG
    Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 18:01
  • If your home directory has permissions issues, likely other files may also have the same issue. Things like this sometimes occur from sloppy and inappropriate use of sudo.
    – user10489
    Commented Oct 26, 2021 at 0:51
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    I think that is my problem, because when I gave permissions to certain files they stopped showing errors but my computer does not work at all well, how can I return everything to how it was, how can I have all the permissions so that my computer is back well
    – DFG
    Commented Oct 26, 2021 at 1:11
  • i can't guess what you fixed on .Xauthority or what's wrong with the rest of your files without more information.
    – user10489
    Commented Oct 26, 2021 at 2:21
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    What information do you need? I can gladly give you all the information you need.
    – DFG
    Commented Oct 26, 2021 at 2:26

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