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Old 02-08-2004, 11:56 AM   #1
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logon problems


UGH!

Last night I was working on a problem - http://linuxquestions.org/questions/...hreadid=142730 - and got it solved. After that, I was trying to get a program installed, and it didn't work - there were some dependencies that weren't worked out, and I didn't feel like dealing with them, so I shut down for the night. The program was gnomesword, and I was using Synaptic to deal with dependencies.

Well, apparently something went wrong, because this am when I turned on the computer, everything was different. Normally, I boot to gnome desktop after logging in. My login screen was only a text box to put username, and after that password. Now it's got a window that says something about welcome to localhost, and has text boxes for username and password, a go button, options button, and a drop down box that asks what type of login. If I choose gnome, It acts like it'll start, but it'll come right back to that window. There's a paragraph that pops up, but it's for such a brief time that I don't have a clue what it says. This happens if I try to login as user or root. If I choose failsafe, it'll go to a terminal window, but since I'm a noob to linux, I'm not sure what to do there.

I was able to login to KDE, but gnome is what I really want. I suppose I should spend more time here, so I'll know the whole system better, but that still doesn't fix the fact that I can't get into gnome right now.

BTW - I'm running Redhat 9 with all the updates, on a Toshiba Tecra 8000 laptop.

Any suggestions where I should look to figure out what needs to be fixed? I did figure out how to get into the log (though I'm not sure if it is the right one... but I did notice some differences between the last successful login last night, and the first failed attempt this morning. I am pasting a few lines from that below. Let me know if there is more info that I need to provide.

Thanks for any help.

Rich

Quote:
Feb 7 22:18:13 localhost syslog: syslogd startup succeeded
Feb 7 22:18:13 localhost syslog: klogd startup succeeded
Feb 7 22:18:14 localhost portmap: portmap startup succeeded
Feb 7 22:18:14 localhost nfslock: rpc.statd startup succeeded
Feb 7 22:18:15 localhost keytable: Loading keymap:
Feb 7 22:18:12 localhost sysctl: net.ipv4.conf.default.rp_filter = 1
Feb 7 22:18:15 localhost keytable:
Feb 7 22:18:12 localhost sysctl: kernel.sysrq = 0
Feb 7 22:18:15 localhost keytable:
Feb 7 22:18:12 localhost sysctl: kernel.core_uses_pid = 1
Feb 7 22:18:15 localhost rc: Starting keytable: succeeded
Feb 7 22:18:12 localhost network: Setting network parameters: succeeded
Feb 7 22:18:12 localhost network: Bringing up loopback interface: succeeded
Feb 7 22:18:15 localhost random: Initializing random number generator: succeeded
Feb 7 22:18:16 localhost pcmcia: Starting PCMCIA services:
Feb 7 22:18:17 localhost pcmcia: cardmgr.

Feb 8 08:16:39 localhost syslog: syslogd startup succeeded
Feb 8 08:16:39 localhost syslog: klogd startup succeeded
Feb 8 08:16:40 localhost portmap: portmap startup succeeded
Feb 8 08:16:41 localhost nfslock: rpc.statd startup succeeded
Feb 8 08:16:41 localhost keytable: Loading keymap:
Feb 8 08:16:41 localhost keytable:
Feb 8 08:16:41 localhost keytable:
Feb 8 08:16:41 localhost rc: Starting keytable: succeeded
Feb 8 08:16:42 localhost random: Initializing random number generator: succeeded
Feb 8 08:16:42 localhost pcmcia: Starting PCMCIA services:
Feb 8 08:16:44 localhost pcmcia: cardmgr.
Feb 8 08:16:44 localhost rc: Starting pcmcia: succeeded
 
Old 02-08-2004, 12:01 PM   #2
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Try editing /etc/sysconfig/desktop and set desktop to "GNOME":
DESKTOP="GNOME"
 
Old 02-09-2004, 11:53 AM   #3
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David,

I just had a chance to check that - it is already set to Gnome as you suggest. Any other ideas?

Thanks,

Rich
 
Old 02-09-2004, 01:50 PM   #4
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Try switching to runlevel 3:
init 3

Then see if gnome will start with:
gnome-session
 
Old 02-12-2004, 12:14 PM   #5
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David,

Thanks - I found the problem, though... I'd removed one package, and it removed all that depended on it - including all of gnome! Some time reinstalling gnome packages, and all is back to normal, except the login screen, but I can live with that.

Thanks,

Rich
 
  


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