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Old 02-11-2004, 09:50 AM   #1
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GUI login has icons but is missing all text - Fedora

I need help trying to figure out why my GUI login screen now only displays graphics and no text at all. I've obviously changed or installed something I shouldnt' have, I just cant figure out what I did...I've hunted around for a day and a half with no luck.

When I type in the user name in the login box, it shows no text. Even though I cannot see any text when I type, I can log in as root successfully into gnome or kde. Once logged in as root, everything functions normally.

However, if I try to log in as myself the GUI only shows icons that look like notepads, on a black screen with no text and I cant exit. I've tried going to the login screen setup but selecting alernate login screens do nothing. I've deleted and recreated my account. I've looked at the X11 config files for xdm and gdm and they appear to me to be OK.

Im running Fedora Core 1. Recently I went through the CIS security benchmarks and installed the latest updates.

The only other thing I did was change my personal UID number and changed the games group number to something different because I was testing out mounting an NFS file system from my solaris server. The group number on the sun box for the directory I wanted to mount was using the games group number. (btw..I was successful in mounting the file system). I cant imagine any of this would have any effect on the GUI, but I can imagine something I did to try to secure might have. I just cant figure out what I did to screw it up.

Im relatively new to the linux world, and Im using this system to test out and learn.

Has anyone else ever had this problem. What other information could I give that might help to figure out what is goign on.

Old 02-12-2004, 07:56 AM   #2
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Since root can log in and bring up gnome desktop & KDE successfuly, does anyone think this might just be a permissions problem. If so, do you have any idea what files would be controlling the login GUI and what the correct permissions should be?
Old 02-12-2004, 09:26 AM   #3
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I had a (possibly) similar problem once, it was solved in this thread.
Old 02-23-2004, 08:52 AM   #4
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I have exactly the same problem as ghouliajoolia. It is on a brand new installation with almost no modifications except applying all current updatea usnig up2date. I have deleted and re-created users (including deleting home directories) but the problem presists. I just did a new install Fedora Core 1 yesterday and the problem appeared some time soon after install. I think my non-root id had normal desktop initially and I know the login greeter had the proper text initially. I don't think I've made any changes that would affect gnome - I did make some changes to the Samba configuration so far, but that's about it.

Any chance the recent batch of updates installed by up2date had this impact?
Old 02-23-2004, 09:29 AM   #5
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I guess i should have read more before posting :-)

The solution is in the thread "no fonts in gnome or gdm"

Non-root users had no access permissions for the /etc/pango/pango.modules file.

Change the permissions to 644 and the problem goes away. BTW, I still suspect this problem occured when I applied updates, though.


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