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Old 01-31-2017, 01:08 PM   #1
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CentOS in login prompt loop (CLI Only)


I have, within the past two weeks, installed CentOS 7 on a single user workstation and have been using the system daily. Today I'm unable to accomplish a CLI login with either the root or user account. I have no difficulty with logins via Gnome GUI to either account. My CLI login attempts occur as follows: 1) at login prompt I enter a valid user name, 2) after a 20-25 second wait I'm prompted for a password, 3) upon entry of the password I receive an almost immediate login prompt. My last activity yesterday was installation of Util-linux, one of the many components I've been downloading / installing to satisfy requirements for installation of PSPP. I should add that I used the Util-linux installation instructions as posted at http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/...til-linux.html

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Old 01-31-2017, 02:02 PM   #2
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My recommended solution is to login via the gnome method you say you can do, and open a terminal prompt from within your GUI, also assuming you can do this, and then uninstall that package. Since those instructions don't seem to show anything about uninstalling, I'd recommend you search for a README included in the original package.
 
Old 01-31-2017, 02:06 PM   #3
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I commend your effort for trying trying to install pspp from source and our suggestion of installing CentOS 7 is probably leading you down a more difficult path. util-linux is already installed in CentOS.

As posted in your previous thread pspp comes already in a compiled package for a few distributions but not for CentOS and installing it from a package manager will automatically install all dependencies.

It might be easier to install Fedora and I am sorry for leading you astray.

https://pkgs.org/download/pspp
 
Old 01-31-2017, 03:01 PM   #4
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I'm grateful that you recommended CentOS. The PSPP installation path which led me to Util-linux began with the need for Gtk which needed libmount (from Util-linus), glib02 >= 2.49.04, atk >= 2.15.1, pango >=1.37.3, gobject, etc.
A complete PSPP would certainly be appealing. I'll look into the Fedora installation suggestion. I'd need a 32-bit version of Fedora / PSPP for this machine.
I don't yet know how to open a terminal prompt from within the Gnome GUI. I'll pursue that. And, I'll seek to undo the Util-linux installation. However, I'd still need to obtain "libmount" for Gtk.

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Old 02-01-2017, 05:11 PM   #5
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CentOS to Fedora switch installation difficulty

I've downloaded Fedora-Workstation-Live-i386-25-1.3.iso and an appropriate PSPP rpm for installation on my single user 32 bit workstation with a single ATA 160 GiB hard drive. A couple of weeks ago I had installed CentOS 7 on this system. The Fedora installation doesn't seem to offer an option of erasing the CentOS partitions (e.g. reformatting the drive). I'd like Fedora to use the entire drive. Fedora indicates that CentOS owns 149.05 Gib and that 1.81 MiB are available. I'd be most grateful for guidance.
 
Old 02-01-2017, 05:25 PM   #6
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I have not played with Fedora in a long time so according to the documentation you have to select make additional space available if using automatic partitioning to reclaim the CentOS partitions or select "I will configure partitioning". If doing the later you can delete existing and create all new partitions as desired. However, if you are unfamiliar with disk partitioning it can be a bit confusing.

https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US...titioning.html
 
Old 02-02-2017, 04:01 PM   #7
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Fedora's reclaim space option (auto partitioning)

When I select the automatic partitioning, then the "reclaim space" option a pop-up window presents the option to "delete all" which I select. A table with three partitions of the hard diskthen appears:
Disk Name File System Reclaimable Space Action
149.1 Gib ATA ST3160023A sda 149.05 Gib Total "Delete"
/boot CentOS Linux ... sda1 xfs not resizable "Delete"
cl sda2 Physical Volume (LVM) not resizable "Delete"
free space 1.8 Mib

At the lower left are thre buttons: Preserve, Delete, Shrink. Beneath these three buttons is the text: 1 disk; 149.05 Gib reclaimable space (in file system). On the right side, at three button level, appears the button "Preserve All". This last button can be toggled to "Delete All". When "Perserve All" is selected the "Action" column entries change to "Preserve", and the "reclaimable space" information remains unchanged. Most noteworthy then are the "Cancel" and "Reclaim Space" option buttons in the extreme lower right. The "Reclaim Space" button remains ghosted regardless of the Preserve / Delete option selection. And, the Shrink button is ghosted at all times.
I haven't yet experimented with "Manual Partitioning". That's one remaining option. Another is to remove the hard drive, physically mount it in a portable USB cabinet, format the drive using Windows, remove from the USB cabinet, place it back in the computer chassis, then observe whether Fedora can then partition it for installation.
 
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Again its been awhile since I've played with Fedora but the partition information posted is the existing CentOS. I would select delete all. There are other ways to delete the partitions without resorting to windows that should be available with Fedora. gparted since it is a GUI might be the easiest to use.
 
  


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