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After it was done, it said that some changes might not take effect until I restarted, so I went ahead and restarted.
The system then booted up to the login screen--everything looks fine there. However, when I try to log in either as root or my personal account, it just goes to a grey screen and doesn't do anything. Doesn't load up.
edit: I also tried the "safe" GNOME mode, but got the same result.
ok, here's the error message i get when i try to log into "failsafe terminal" as root:
Your session only lasted less than 10 seconds. If you have not logged out yourself, that could mean that there is some installation problem or that you may be out of diskspace. Try logging in with one of the failsafe sessions to see if you can fix the problem.
The ~/xsession-errors file says:
/etc/gdm/PreSession/Default: Registering your session with wtmp and utmp
/etc/gdm/PreSession/Default: running: /usr/bin/X11/sessreg - a -w /var/log/wtmp -x "/var/lib/gdm/:0.Xservers" -h "" -l ":0" "root"
xterm: Error 14, erno 21: Is a directory
Reason: spawn: open() failed on /dev/tty
I tried your suggestion--booted into the CL and deleted /tmp, no effect--in X, after logging in, it will show a gray screen, then the Dropline GNOME box pops up, but at that point it freezes up and doesn't load any more. I can still move the mouse around, but 10min later there's still no progress.
So I added another user in the CL. Tried logging in w/ that new user.... no dice. "Your session lasted less than 10 seconds..."
I've had this problem before with Gentoo, when I attempted to build my own firewall. What happened is somehow I was blocking loopback connections or some such. You may want to check your firewall settings (if any).