"x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
I have spent some time reviewing the numerous posts that have this error. However, several of the other posts seem to be able to get a step farther than I can.
While booting, the machine produces the following error:
"INIT: ID "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes"
Other thread posts have described being to type ctrl+c to login. However, I get hung up when I attempt to login as root:
"Penguin login: root
Audit (1266424042.740:5) user pid=2801 uid=0 auid=4294967295 msg=’PAM: authentication acct=”root” : exe=”/bin/login” (hostname=?, addr=?, termina=tty1 res=failed)’
Audit (1266424042.740:6) user pid=2801 uid=0 auid=4294967295 msg=’uid=0: exe=”/bin/login” (hostname=?, addr=?, termina=tty1 res=failed)’
From what I have read, the primary issue is with starting x and I should be able to do command line by using the ctrl+c command above. Any ideas why I am unable to login?
I also saw in other threads that I should be able to force the boot to skip x altogether and boot directly to command line. However, as a newbie, I was having trouble following. Can you point me to a good description of how to do this?
I am running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and would appreciate any help you can offer! Thanks!