You have an existing ~/.xinitrc file

2009.01.01

Would you like to move aside the existing file and use the standard X11 environment?
[No] [Yes]

Got this error when loading up Gimp on Leopard, wouldn’t do anything, not even let me select No or Yes. How I fixed it was to delete the file /Users/[username]/.ixinitrc

Open a terminal and type:
rm ~/.xinitrc

Then quit out of X11, and restart whatever application you were trying to use when this happened

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3 Responses to “You have an existing ~/.xinitrc file”

  1. worldheart Says:

    Hi there, I also got this error message & I want to be able to use Gimp, but not completely screw up! When you say “Open a terminal & type:”, do you mean to open X11 and use the terminal window that pops up or do you mean to open the Terminal app from the utilities folder?

    Thanks,
    Alex

  2. Stefaan Claes Says:

    I got this message too, but I don’t have a .xinitrc file… (there is no such file on my hard disc)


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