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Old 09-01-2006, 04:07 PM   #1
jlinkels
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Solved: error message "localhost kdm_greet[15114]: Can't open default user face"


This was a very frustrating error, which costed me the better part of my day.

When I wanted to restart KDM, I got the login screen where I entered my userid and password. X would show the hourglass for a few seconds and then the login screen re-appeared.

The ~/.xsession-errors file contained only these lines:

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Xsession: X session started for jlinkels at Fri Sep  1 08:44:38 AST 2006
open: permission denied
and the /var/log/syslog told me this:
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Sep  1 08:53:44 localhost kdm_greet[15114]: Can't open default user face
This is an error which is reported quite often, but hardly a working solution is found.

In my case the reason was that the /tmp directory permissions on my machine were drw-r--r-- while it should have been drwxrwxrwt.

The command for changing it is:
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chmod ug+rwx,o+rwt /tmp
After changing the permissions KDM worked fine again.

What confused me is that /etc/X11/Xsession script does contain a line which does a check for writability of /tmp, however I did not find the error message that Xsession oughts to generate. So I assumed that it was not the writability of /tmp.

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Old 04-20-2008, 12:42 PM   #2
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Thank You.

Thanks for posting jlinkels, you saved me time.
 
Old 11-22-2009, 06:19 PM   #3
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thanks

that was very helpful.
 
Old 02-12-2010, 03:08 PM   #4
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I have no idea what may have caused the permissions to my /tmp to get so messed up but this solved my problems!
 
Old 02-12-2010, 04:44 PM   #5
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