Fixed: LXDE-core startlxde gives Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: error message

  • Post by Mike Dixson
  • Aug 14, 2014

I’d be tasked with installing a GUI on a server for someone else to use. I opted for LXDE as it’s so lightweight and I just wanted the core, no extra gumph. I ran into an issue launching lxde once I’d installed it. Here’s how I fixed it:

Installed LXDE Core

sudo apt-get install lxde-core

I then went to try startx, how I’d normally start a shell if I’d installed gnome or such, startx didn’t exist, so I tired startlxde. It came back with the error “Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:
After a bit of searching online I found some people were saying about .xinitrc, but I didn’t have an xinit…. neither did it seem that I had xinit. So I tried the following with instant success

The Fix

Install xinit

sudo apt-get install xinit

Start X


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