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Old 07-06-2003, 09:13 PM   #1
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GNOME/XFree86 trouble logging in with /root


The problem is -- when I try to log in with /root user with X11, I get a frozen screen after entering user id and pw. It shows the Metacity Window Manager icon and text at the bottom and nothing happens anymore. I can move the mouse but it does not help. The strange thing is, I can log in normally with my other user. I can also log in under root in the failsafe mode and I can su root.

I know I was messing around with network settings for the root user. I even took the IRQ and memory range for the ethernet card from Windows and applied it there. At some point it stopped working and I continued changing settings trying out all kinds of things.

I need help with this. How do I go about diagnosing the problem? Which direction should I look into?

I would really hate having to reinstall X11 or GNOME, but if that is what I have to do perhaps somebody can tell me which one to try first (sigh) ...

Thanks and regards,

Old 07-06-2003, 10:06 PM   #2
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To find out what settings are messed up you could compare some of the /home/user settings with the corresponding /root settings.


/root/.xinitrc with /home/user/.xinitrc

/root/.xsession with /home/user/.xsession

and so forth. In particular compare the files whose settings you changed in root which have a corresponding setting in user.
Old 07-07-2003, 03:09 PM   #3
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That was a valuable reference, thanks! Not exactly those files (we use different distributions, I note ..), but I got it fixed. In my case, the error was in /root/.xsession-errors. I must have guessed right from there ...




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