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Old 06-09-2002, 01:02 PM   #1
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Unhappy Problems with booting/Xwindows



I have found a serious problem. I use LILO to dual boot into a win98 and MD8.2 OSs. Twice now I've had work going for a couple of days on the Win98 OS and have done a normal power shutdown WITH a data cd in my bootable CD drive (forgot). When I try to power on and launch Linux without taking this CD out first, I'm getting an error in booting where some of my /var/temp files are lost.

My current status after the second time this has happened (the first time I just reloaded the MD8.2 OS and apps, but saved my /home directory data), I can boot successfully into level 3 (my default is level 5/KDE for myself as user). But when I try to "startx" I get an error/failure message that the "default Font" is not found. I checked the KFree86.0.log, as the screen message suggested and found that the file /var/tmp/server-0.xkm "could not be found. ??

I did a hard shutdown and re-launched MD8.2, and it went thru a file system auto-check, found the obvious (from a hard shutdown)problems in the MDL boot sector (fixed them) and no other errors. It still defaulted to level 3 start-up and I could still not "start". I did a normal shutdown using linuxconf from the level 3 commandline and I saw that the "X-Font sever" FAILED.

Is there anyway I can reload KDE (if that is what is required) without reloading all of the OS and all of the applications??? I would like to auto boot to level 5.

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Old 06-09-2002, 01:07 PM   #2
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Try to reinstall xfs package (you'll probably need -nodeps option of rpm).
 
Old 06-09-2002, 01:10 PM   #3
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Mmm... I'm not real "swift" with line commands. Could you give me the command to do this? I'm really very new at this.
John
 
Old 06-10-2002, 08:27 AM   #4
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Insert the installation cd, open a terminal, move to the directory where you have xfs rpm (something lile /mnt/cdrom/Mandrake/RPMS/ ), then
rpm -U xfs (press tab here, then enter)
It's and option to reinstall a package. Look if it works.
 
Old 06-10-2002, 11:01 AM   #5
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Thanks' Mara. I tried and succedded with this, but my linux OS is still broke :^( It's a tough way to learn. John
 
Old 06-10-2002, 01:14 PM   #6
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What's wrong?
 
Old 06-11-2002, 05:15 PM   #7
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Mara, Thanks for the help. It turns out I did not create a separate /var partition and my log files quickly filled my / dir. 'm looking into how I can add a /var dir partition and have MD8.2 recognize it. I have plenty of empty disk space..
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Old 06-12-2002, 03:28 PM   #8
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If you're going just to add it, create the partition, then edit /etc/fstab for /var. It'll look like other ones you have, but there should be /var on second position.
 
Old 06-13-2002, 11:33 AM   #9
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Mara, This fixed this problems. Thx so much! John
 
  


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