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Old 12-22-2003, 07:14 PM   #1
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Unable to log into Gnome or KDE using gdm (Debian sarge)


I am not able to log into Gnome or KDE. I have the latest version of netinstall (12-17-03) for Debian sarge, everything was installed last night. When I attempt to log into Gnome (as a user or as root) the session times out in 10 seconds. This is at the bottom of the log file generated:

/etc/x11/xsession.options
line 90: xrdb: command not found
line 90: xrdb: command not found
/usr/bin/gnome-session: No such file or directory

When I try to log into KDE I get an error message that asks if the dcopserver program is running. It will let me log in but then dumped me back out.

Also, how does one get hold of the error messages/log files from Windows so that I might copy & paste them here? This is my only functional operating system until I can get Linux to work for me.

Thanks for the assist!
 
Old 12-22-2003, 10:11 PM   #2
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"This is my only functional operating system until I can get Linux to work for me."

Instead of trying to log in at the graphic login window try the three finger command:
<Ctrl> <Alt> <F3>

This should give you a command line login prompt on virtual console 3. Then login as root.
You can now debug startx from the command line. Some commands that you can try are:

which xrdb
startx
find /usr -iname "*gnome*" | less

" how does one get hold of the error messages/log files from Windows so that I might copy & paste them here?"

You can read the error files from the Linux command line with a combination of find and less. You can list directories and files with ls. Use man to find out what all of these commands mean:
man which
man startx
man find
man less
man ls
man mount
man umount
man cp

If you have a VFAT partition then you can mount the VFAT partition in Linux using the mount command and then use the cp command to copy the files to the VFAT partition. Windows can then read the files from the VFAT partition.

Another possiblity is to mount a DOS formatted floppy and use cp to copy the files to the floppy. Then umount the floppy. Windows can then read the floppy.

When you are finished working in Linux use the shutdown command to end your session:
shutdown -h now
Or
shutdown -r now

See:
man shutdown

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Last edited by jailbait; 12-22-2003 at 10:22 PM.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 12:23 AM   #3
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