worked fine - booted to LXDE - now only boots to command line
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I had to move my desktop to another room.
When I moved it back to my desk and booted up it only booted to the command line.
sorry for stating the obvious, but if this is exactly how it went down (and no software updates or anything else in between) it can only be a hardware issue, no?
cables disconnected, sth like that?
or what are you not telling us?
To expand on my earlier thought - by default, Debian specifies to try and mount the root partition as read-only if errors prevent it from mounting read-write. This will then get as far as trying to start X, but it will fail at that point and give you just a command line login. In other words, the symptoms are consistent with what has been described.
What sort of errors? Could be anything, really, but since RAID was mentioned, perhaps one or more of the RAID volumes has a problem. Impossible to say without further investigation.
Thank you for your responses. I will update the commands I used a bit later as I'm away from the PC but after running a few commands to look at logs, and not doing anything such as installing or removing software, it began working again. I did nothing but look at the logs. And, prior to looking at the logs startx didn't work (there was an error EE indicated - and that is what I was looking for in the logs). But, in the end, I didn't make any changes to hardware or the software and it ended up working.
Sounds a bit like to move it to another room, it was powered down by pulling the plug instead of a normal clean shutdown, resulting in a critical partition that needs a fairly lengthy fsck before being able to mount RW. After some uptime, the automatic fsck finished, resulting in normal operation from either that point, or from a reboot somewhere along the way between the first boot after the physical move and the follow-up post here from the OP.