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had created a link to the mlnet+gui command in usr/bin for quick access when i first installed the prog and it worked fine when i created it; but ever since it hasn't started from the link on my desktop, no response; so i would access it through the terminal and start it from the command prompt.
this was bugging me so i tried to fix it; in troubleshooting the problem i tried to gain su access from the terminal and then run the link from the desktop well it started accessing the hd, which i thought was good b/c it hadn't been from the link, but nothing ever came up and it just kept accessing the hd for about an hour so i just logged out and rebooted.
when it was booting up it seemed like everything was going as usual but after it finished the kernel boot and started to start x it just got stuck at the localhost login screen it would flash up and then disappear over, and over, and over, and over again.
anyway i have no idea what to do; i know very little about the boot process and would hate to screw up more
After you did your su command to another user, I think that your environmental variable for DISPLAY was not set, therefore when you issued the command mlnet+gui, the mlnet server started without problem, but you never saw the X program pop up because DISPLAY was not set.
Hence people were busy downloading files from you because the server was running, and your hard disk was grinding away as a result.
So first of all, keep things simple, and just try doing
from the command line in a X terminal emulator (xterm, rxvt, konsole or whatever you prefer) and see if that works.
After checking that, would you then like to reveal to us which desktop you are running -- Gnome, KDE, or whatever?
Talking of which, on to which partition do you download your stuff from mlnet+gui ?
If it is going to the same partition as /var or /tmp and that partition has filled up completely with all of the stuff that you were downloading while it was running, then the X server cannot write some important files it needs to write in order to start running.
In fact xfs has to create a named pipe for X before X server starts in
So it could be that you are just out of space on one of your partitions. Check with
from the command line prompt when you did a boot into single user mode.