Restarting XServer in Fedora 20

I was having problems logging in this morning to my laptop.  When I entered my password, it just hung.   I pressed Ctrl-f2 to switch to an alternate tty, logged in as root and checked for errors in /var/log/messages.

Not seeing anything, I figured, I’d try and restart the Xserver.  Still not being completely familiar with the sysctl paradigm it wasn’t obvious how to restart it.

So, as root, I simply switched the runlevel to 3, and then back to 5 via the following commands, restarting the Xserver and was then able to login.

# telinit 3

…. wait for a bit ….

# telinit 5

Login, get to work.

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