Debugging multiple X11 servers spawning

Dave Howorth xorg at
Mon Sep 18 09:15:54 UTC 2023

On Fri, 15 Sep 2023 15:02:08 -0700, Michael Sheely wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm trying to debug an issue with a notification daemon
> On the debug thread
> a maintainer suggests that my logs indicate multiple X11 severs are
> being spawned.
> As far as I know I'm not purposefully starting multiple X11 servers.
> I frequently use the machine locally and also ssh in, but I don't
> enable x forwarding during ssh.
> I'm trying to understand if there is any particular system logs I
> should look at in order to get a sense of when an X11 server was
> started in order to better understand whether or not multiple X11
> servers are being spawned (and if so, I'll aim to understand what is
> causing it).
> Would anyone happen to have pointers that might be helpful here?

You'll probably find logs in /var/log. Specifically /var/log/Xorg*

You might also find the output of

$ systemctl status display-manager helpful.

> I'm on Debian, using i3 window manager.
> Thank you!
> - Michael

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