Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#439 new usability

Won't start when a user is managed (Parental Controls)

Reported by: ahausknecht@… Owned by: jeremyhu@…
Priority: Important Milestone: OSX
Component: xserver Version: 2.5.3 (xserver-1.8.2)
Keywords: managed Cc: adamaig@…, siva.dirisala@…, mike@…


When a user account is managed, XQuartz won't start up!


  1. XQuartz is enabled (checked) in the "parental controls" pane of a student user's Accounts Preferences window.
  1. A dialog is displayed when XQuartz is started where an admin user should be able to override the "parental controls" but the override fails!

I need to use X11 in a student iMac lab and must enable "parental controls" to manage student user accounts.

The iMacs are running Snow Leopard 10.6.4 and are "new" (installed summer 2010).

Adam Hausknecht
Department of Mathematics, UMass Dartmouth

Change History (11)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by jeremyhu@…

What happens? See anything in /var/log/system.log?

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by jeremyhu@…

  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

No information provided. Closing.

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by adamaig@…

  • Resolution invalid deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

Funny that you just closed this, because I just ran into the issue yesterday at a school I'm working with.

Here is the console output you need.

5/20/11 1:46:28 PM	[0x0-0x7ed7ed].org.macosforge.xquartz.X11[86146]	-: /Applications/Utilities/ Permission denied
5/20/11 1:46:28 PM	[0x0-0x7ed7ed].org.macosforge.xquartz.X11[86146]	-: /Applications/Utilities/ Unknown error: 0
5/20/11 1:46:28 PM[86068]	([0x0-0x7ed7ed].org.macosforge.xquartz.X11[86146]) Exited with exit code: 1

To test I just created a new account, "student", applied parental controls, but allow XQuartz and X11 as applications. When I start XQuartz I'm asked to authenticate if I want to [Always Allow] [Allow Once] [Cancel]. I try authenticating with my admin password, but that fails.

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by jeremyhu@…

  • Cc adamaig@… added

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by jeremyhu@…

  • Milestone set to 2.7.0

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by jeremyhu@…

  • Component changed from X11.pkg to xserver
  • Milestone changed from 2.7.0 to OSX
  • Priority changed from Not Set to Important
  • Status changed from reopened to new

I suspect this is an issue in OSX, but hopefully I'll be able to find a workaround.


comment:7 Changed 3 years ago by siva.dirisala@…

  • Cc siva.dirisala@… added

Cc Me!

comment:8 Changed 3 years ago by siva.dirisala@…

I have the same problem with OSX 10.8 and XQuartz 2.7.2 (xorg-server 1.12.2).

comment:9 in reply to: ↑ description Changed 3 years ago by mike@…

Same problem here. I am running 10.8 with XQuartz 2.7.2. Of interest, if I select the "allow once" option,
it seems to work fine. If I select the "allow always" option, the authorization fails and it sends you back to the original authorization prompt.

If anyone finds a work-around, I would be very interested in it.


comment:10 Changed 3 years ago by mike@…

  • Cc mike@… added

Cc Me!

comment:11 Changed 3 years ago by siva.dirisala@…

Thanks Mike. Using "allow once" worked for me as well, though it asks for permissions for other apps. Only the X11 app needs "allow once" and all others can be "allow always".

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