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Old 11-01-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
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Little help with Gnome/X11 startup problem

Well I am having problems bringing up X today. I get the gdm login screen but am forced into a failsafe gnome terminal after a successful login. I think this is the result of an apt-get update which I had done yesterday but had not rebooted until today.

So, my real question is where to look for errors? I haven't had to debug something like this in a while. I have looked into syslog, and Xorg.log but I don't see any errors.

I am running debian. Thanks for any ideas.
Old 11-01-2009, 09:56 PM   #2
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Found the problem

Apparently gnome-session was removed when I did the apt-get update somehow. I re-installed it and all things are well again.
Old 11-02-2009, 09:31 PM   #3
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What you should've done is log into a tty, then started X yourself and then seen what the problem was.

1. Press Alt + Ctrl + F2 to switch to tty2
2. Logged in with your username and / or password.
3. startx
4. echo "There once was a man"
5. echo "Who told me I never can"
6. echo "see beyond the blue sky"
7. echo "but remember, conditions apply"
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