Fix: /bin/dbus-launch terminated abnormally without any error message and solution


am a new Linux server user. I need to tunnel X over ssh. I type the following command on a CentOS/RHEL based remote host to get display on a local desktop:

ssh -X

xeyes &

firefox &

But, I am getting an error that read as follows:

**error**: Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See for information. (Details – 1: Failed to get connection to session: /bin/dbus-launch terminated abnormally without any error message)

How do I fix this error on a newly formatted/installed RHEL or CentOS Linux 6.x server?


You need to install D-Bus. It is nothing but a message bus system, a simple way for applications to talk to one another. In addition to interprocess communication, D-Bus helps coordinate process lifecycle; it makes it simple and reliable to code a “single instance” application or daemon, and to launch applications and daemons on demand when their services are needed. You also need to install Fonts on a CentOS/RHEL based system.

To fix /bin/dbus-launch terminated abnormally without any error message on a CentOS/RHEL

Type the following yum command to install D-Bus and Fonts:

$ sudo yum install dbus-x11


Sample outputs:

Loaded plugins: downloadonly, fastestmirror, security

Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile

* base:

* epel:

* extras:

* updates:

Setting up Install Process

Resolving Dependencies

–> Running transaction check

—> Package dbus-x11.x86_64 1:1.2.24-7.el6_3 will be installed

–> Finished Dependency Resolution


Dependencies Resolved



Package                 Arch                  Version                           Repository           Size



dbus-x11                x86_64                1:1.2.24-7.el6_3                  base                 40 k


Transaction Summary


Install       1 Package(s)


Total download size: 40 k

Installed size: 28 k

Is this ok [y/N]: y

Downloading Packages:

dbus-x11-1.2.24-7.el6_3.x86_64.rpm                                                  |  40 kB     00:00

Running rpm_check_debug

Running Transaction Test

Transaction Test Succeeded

Running Transaction

Installing : 1:dbus-x11-1.2.24-7.el6_3.x86_64                                                        1/1

Verifying  : 1:dbus-x11-1.2.24-7.el6_3.x86_64                                                        1/1



dbus-x11.x86_64 1:1.2.24-7.el6_3



To install Fonts, type:

$ sudo yum groupinstall  Fonts

Now, you can run and tunnel X over ssh:

$ ssh -X

$ xeyes

$ firefox



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