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I have started an X session on tty1 Ctrl Alt F1 by :

startx -- :1

Now after I went to my 'standard' X session to Ctrl Alt F7 and then back to tty1 and get the prompt instead of X session.

How can I recover/bring back my X session that I started ? And second thing about that, I tried killing process that I started with startx so I removed /tmp/.X1-lock and now I get this when I try to startx-

[205846.354] _XSERVTransSocketINETCreateListener: ...SocketCreateListener() failed
[205846.354] _XSERVTransMakeAllCOTSServerListeners: server already running
Fatal server error:
[205846.354] Cannot establish any listening sockets - Make sure an X server isn't already running
[205846.355] (EE) 
Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support 
 for help. 
[205846.355] (EE) Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.1.log" for additional information.
[205846.356] (EE) 
[205846.356] Server terminated with error (1). Closing log file.
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Is your second X session on ctrl-alt-F8 ? – bodhi.zazen Feb 13 '13 at 19:22
Surprisingly it is o.O – Patryk Feb 13 '13 at 19:29
up vote 3 down vote accepted

X sessions run on virtual terminals, F7-F12

When you start a new X session, although you might call it "1" or "2" or what not, they start on the next available vitrutual terminal.

Try locating your second X session on Ctrl Alt F8

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