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Old 03-21-2006, 05:07 PM   #1
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FC4 --> FC5: GDM hosed

I just upgraded my FC4 system to FC5 with the dvd disk installer. The is now up and running, I can ssh in and mount its nfs shares on my laptop. But I can't seem to login with gdm. Under FC4, I had it set up to log me in automatically (I am the only user on the machine). Now, however, I get an error message:

Your session lasted less than ten seconds. 
There may be something wrong with your installation 
or you may be out of diskspace.

Try logging in a failsafe session to see if you can fix this problem.
It also indicates that something is wrong with a library:

symbol lookup error
undefined symbol: g-thread ...
I assume that this is an issue with gdm and the gdm-greeter, but I am not sure. Nor do I have any idea how to proceed, other than to install Ubuntu instead Anyone have any ideas?

Last edited by Kropotkin; 03-21-2006 at 06:34 PM.
Old 03-21-2006, 05:42 PM   #2
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After posting the message above, I encountered this message in the Slackware forum:

"Re: "Your session only lasted 10 seconds...."
I'm not very skilled using command-line stuff in Linux so here is what worked for me:
1. Log in as root rather than your normal user name.
3. Correct the Home Directory that is shown for the normal user name. Mine incorrectly showed "/root" as the home directory. I changed it to "/home/username". Reboot and log in normally. All works fine now. Hope this helps someone else.
Alas, I don't even get to the login prompt. However, I edited /etc/gdm/custom.conf on the command line and turned off the auto-login, but that didn't help; I no longer get the error message; all that is displayed is the arrow cursor with the blue tail.


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