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Old 02-22-2004, 11:51 AM   #1
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fails to load up X, then the login screen keeps flashing?


I didn't shut down my Redhat 9 box cleanly the other day.... when I tried to switch it on today, it can't jump into the GUI login screen.... using ssh, i can connect to the machine without any problem, therefore i'd guess something's gone wrong with X..
the problem is, where should i start to do the diagnosis?

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Old 02-22-2004, 11:53 AM   #2
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Check your logs like always..
 
Old 02-22-2004, 12:02 PM   #3
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which log file may i ask?
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Old 02-22-2004, 12:15 PM   #4
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I'd start in /var/log and most likely the messages log. And you might also have a XFree86 Log there as well..
 
Old 02-22-2004, 12:19 PM   #5
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gdm[2655]: gdm_slave_xioerror_handler: Fatal X error - Restarting :0

that's what i got from /var/log/message
hafnt got a clue of what it means, i only know that kernel keeps trying to do that...

I looked into /usr/bin/X11 but it doesn't seem to store any log file there, did i miss out anything?
 
Old 02-22-2004, 12:22 PM   #6
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gdm[2655]: gdm_slave_xioerror_handler: Fatal X error - Restarting :0

that's what i got from /var/log/message
hafnt got a clue of what it means, i only know that kernel keeps trying to do that...

I looked into /usr/bin/X11 but it doesn't seem to store any log file there, did i miss out anything?
Should be in /var/log most likely if you do have a XFree86 log. Have you tried to boot into runlevel 3 and started X manually to see what it spits back out when it fails on you? Cause from your error, might be a GDM problem.. not sure though, never seen that error myself.
 
Old 02-22-2004, 12:25 PM   #7
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I tend to think it's not the problem of gdm, it's X couldnt start in the first place.... any clue?
I am so frustrated on this as an end user like me have screwed up one of the most stable OS... please somebody help me.
 
Old 02-22-2004, 12:29 PM   #8
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which configuration file should i edit to change the runlevel? I did it the other day but i haf already forgotten.... my memory doesnt serve me anymore, (not only my linux box)i am just 21.......
 
Old 02-22-2004, 12:30 PM   #9
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which configuration file should i edit to change the runlevel? I did it the other day but i haf already forgotten.... my memory doesnt serve me anymore, (not only my linux box)i am just 21.......
You can edit your /etc/inittab file to change your runlevel.
 
Old 02-22-2004, 12:43 PM   #10
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got it.

Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'

i will look into
/etc/X11/XF86Config
and see where does it store the font...

perhaps i crroupted the font file or something?

btw do I just type
X
do load X? (it's a horribly stupid question somehow, i mean do I need to put some parameter or some sort)
 
Old 02-22-2004, 12:51 PM   #11
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looking into the log file of X, there's something like this:

Could not init font path element unix/:7100, removing from list!

Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'

what is your FontPath value?

mine is
FontPath "unix/:7100"
 
Old 02-22-2004, 02:49 PM   #12
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I suspect the 'Unix font server' is down or something that X cant read fonts from the default path.

comment out the default FontPath
then add

Code:
    FontPath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local/"
    FontPath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
    FontPath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
    FontPath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/"
    FontPath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
    FontPath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
into /etc/X11/config

and the problem will be sorted out.

Cheers,
Frankie

p.s. I typed this here just to let ppl to search if they haf a similar problem. nonetheless, it'd be great if someone can explain why X defaults the FontPath "unix/:7000"?
 
Old 08-17-2004, 07:18 AM   #13
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p.s. I typed this here just to let ppl to search if they haf a similar problem. nonetheless, it'd be great if someone can explain why X defaults the FontPath "unix/:7000"?

thanks for the tips I had the same problem, and am glad you took the time to document your solution
 
Old 02-24-2006, 01:19 PM   #14
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in case anyone is wondering - port 7000 is the default port used by the x font server.
 
Old 04-03-2006, 10:59 PM   #15
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These things solve someone problems! But I tried in many ways but still problems ongoing.
 
  


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