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Old 12-02-2007, 01:08 PM   #1
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debian gnome login fail with a FC7 /home user

I have a dual boot: Debian and FC7
and want to have a single location for all my users.
Some users were created with FC7 with gnome session by default.

When booting on Debian, gnome session login fail with FC7 users, but "failsafe gnome" session succeed for these users.

When starting a gnome session, metacity icon appears and system freeze, next step should be gnome setup (but no icon appears on the screen). I cannot switch to any console [1-6], so I must power down the PC.
Note that terminal login on FC7 users is ok.
The problem comes from gnome session startup.

Old 12-03-2007, 08:48 AM   #2
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You've probably got something incompatible in the .xinitrc for the users in question. Have a look and/or post one of them, or just try deleting or renaming them.

Also, have you tried ctrl-alt-f1 when you say you couldn't switch virtual terminals? I'm curious as to what's going on in that case.

Last edited by polymath69; 12-03-2007 at 08:52 AM.
Old 12-03-2007, 05:56 PM   #3
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not .xinitrc, gnome session startup incompatibility

I did some additional testing to figure out what is wrong.

1/ boot on debian
1.1/ create a user "test" on the FC7 mounted partition, OK
1.2/ login as "test" with gdm, OK
1.3/ list home dir, gnome has created some dir/file
1.4/ logout
2/ boot on FC7
2.1/ create the same user "test" (same uid,gid), OK
2.2/ login as "test" with gdm, OK
2.3/ list home dir, gnome has updated and created some dir/file
2.4/ logout
3/ boot on debian
3.1/ login as "test" with gdm, OK
1.3/ list home dir, gnome has updated some dir/file
1.4/ logout

At this point, I am sure that basic gnome session is sharable between debian and fedora.

4/ I continue on debian
4.1 login as "FC7 user" with gdm, wait and finaly see that the login session is very slow. All gnome session step passed but at the end the screen is empty, only gkrellm visible (no activity), cannot switch on any virtual console (Ctrl+Alt+1, ...)
4.2/ take a coffee ....
4.3/ when back I get the lock screen and can switch to a debian user, everything seems OK for this session excepted virtual console still unavailable, 'ps -aef' show some missing process comparing debian user session and FC7 user session: metacity, gnome-panel, nautilus, ...

I think the problem comes from fedora user having special setup (applet, ...) which break debian gnome session startup.

I will investigate gnome session startup


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