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Old 07-16-2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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Location: Mt Umunhum, CA, USA
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INIT: id "X" respawning too fast in FC8

Hi group,

I have this annoying bug that is getting real old.

From time to time I get this message after booting and trying to come
up to Init 5:
INIT: id "X" respawning too fast
I can still do a "startx" to get to the desktop.

I have done a Google search and found nothing that seamed to fit my
configuration. I found that by doing a force reinstall of GDM, it will fix
the problem. I use this:
rpm --force -i gdm-2.20.3-1.fc8.i386.rpm
Does anyone know how to fix this for real??
Old 07-17-2008, 04:43 PM   #2
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It would help if you posted the contents of /etc/inittab .

It sounds like some program being launched by init is failing (quickly), triggering a respawn.
Old 07-18-2008, 09:03 AM   #3
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OK, here is inttab

Just a standard inittab, nothing special.

$ cat /etc/inittab
# inittab This file describes how the INIT process should set up
# the system in a certain run-level.
# Author: Miquel van Smoorenburg, <>
# Modified for RHS Linux by Marc Ewing and Donnie Barnes

# Default runlevel. The runlevels used by RHS are:
# 0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# 1 - Single user mode
# 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
# 3 - Full multiuser mode
# 4 - unused
# 5 - X11
# 6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)

# System initialization.

l0:0:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 0
l1:1:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 1
l2:2:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 2
l3:3:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 3
l4:4:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 4
l5:5:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 5
l6:6:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 6

ca::ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown -t3 -r now

# When our UPS tells us power has failed, assume we have a few minutes
# of power left. Schedule a shutdown for 2 minutes from now.
# This does, of course, assume you have powerd installed and your
# UPS connected and working correctly.
pf:owerfail:/sbin/shutdown -f -h +2 "Power Failure; System Shutting Down"

# If power was restored before the shutdown kicked in, cancel it.
pr:12345owerokwait:/sbin/shutdown -c "Power Restored; Shutdown Cancelled"

# Run gettys in standard runlevels
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6

# Run xdm in runlevel 5
x:5:respawn:/etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon

Last edited by MrUmunhum; 07-18-2008 at 09:28 AM.
Old 07-18-2008, 10:54 AM   #4
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Ah - so when you said 'INIT: id "X" respawning too fast', you meant literally "X"? (I had assumed you put X because a variety of ids showed up there...)

In that case, it looks like the command "/etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon" is exiting right away, instead of running continuously like it should.

Check out this thread:

The suggestion there is to start without X, then run the script manually, seeing if there's any output.

This runs the script with shell verbosity on:
sh -x -v /etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon

See if the output or /var/log/Xorg.0.log has anything interesting.

Edit: Also, prefdm apparently could be a symlink to gdm, or a shell script. You might want to figure which is the case, that it's running the right thing, and that there aren't any bootscripts messing with it.

Last edited by kundor; 07-18-2008 at 11:06 AM.


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