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Old 03-23-2013, 08:02 AM   #1
someshpr
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GNOME display only shows cursor and wallpaper and right-click also do not work


Hi,

I just started having this problem suddenly.

When I log in locally, only cursor and the wallpaper show up (no icons, menu, etc.). The right-click also does not work. But if any other user, including root, logs in, it works fine!
Same thing happens if I try to log in to any other machines (our home directories are NFS mapped). This leads me to believe something got corrupt in my home, but I cannot fathom what!

Everything seems to work fine if I switch my desktop session from gnome to kde!

So I tried deleting .gnome, .gnome2, .gnome_private, .gnome-desktop, .gconf, and .gconfd directories with hope that something was corrupt there and when I log in next, they will be created automatically with correct parameters. But this did not help. The directories were created, but my problem remains same.

Also I can log in fine via ssh. But if I want to launch something like gedit GUI from ssh -X sessions, no display is launched, no warning or errors are also shown on the terminal. But if I want to launch kwrite, it works fine! So something is wrong in gnome sessions?

All the machines are CentOs 5.8 (including the NFS server).

This is my .xsession-errors file:
Code:
somesh@permian ~$ cat .xsession-errors
/etc/gdm/PreSession/Default: Registering your session with utmp
/etc/gdm/PreSession/Default: running: /usr/bin/sessreg -a -u /var/run/utmp -x "/var/gdm/:0.Xservers" -h "" -l ":0" "somesh"
localuser:somesh being added to access control list
No profile for user 'somesh' found
permian.workstation.com
*****************************************************************************
Please reboot permian in 60 days.
Current five-minute load average 0/4. Avoid submitting more than 4 runs.
Scratch directory is 94% full. Please backup and clean the scratch.
Home server is 93% full. Please backup and clean your home directory.
*****************************************************************************

SESSION_MANAGER=local/permian.workstation.com:/tmp/.ICE-unix/18764
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
libnm_glib_nm_state_cb: dbus returned an error.
  (org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown) The name org.freedesktop.NetworkManager was not provided by any .service files
warning: python-dbus not installed.

HP Linux Imaging and Printing System (ver. 3.12.11)
System Tray Status Service ver. 2.0

Copyright (c) 2001-14 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP
This software comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
This is free software, and you are welcome to distribute it
under certain conditions. See COPYING file for more details.

warning: No hp: or hpfax: devices found in any installed CUPS queue. Exiting.

** (nm-applet:18975): WARNING **: No connections defined
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
Introspect error: Launch helper exited with unknown return code 0
Introspect error: Launch helper exited with unknown return code 0
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
could not attach to desktop process
could not attach to desktop process
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
Any suggestion where to look for the errors?

TIA,
Somesh

Last edited by someshpr; 03-23-2013 at 08:04 AM. Reason: Spelling mistake!
 
Old 03-23-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
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I replaced everything on my home directory and deleted all the hidden configuration directories and files (the ones that start with a .(dot)). And now it is back to normal.

I'll try to figure out which exact configuration broke down!

Thanks,
Somesh
 
  


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