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JLDohm 01-21-2005 01:18 PM

Home dir dosen't appear to exist when booting new kernel
After alot of work, I finally got 2.6.8 compiled and installed on my dual booting debian/windows box. I was really proud of myself. then I tried to log in using gnome display manager, and got a message that said:
Your Home directory is listed as:
but it does not appear to exist. do you want to log in with the / (root) idr as your home dir?
it is unlikely anything will work unless you use a failsafe session

after I proceed by clicking "yes," I recieve a message (from gnome):
Your session lasted less than 10 seconds. if you have not loged yourself out, this could bean that there is some instillation problems or that you may be out of diskspace. Try loggin in with one of the failsafe sessions to see if you can fix this problem

Unfortunately, I can't log using either the gui or terminal failsafe sessions.

If I try to log into KDE, It tells me:
There was an error setting up inter-process communications for kde. the message returned by the system was:
could not read network connections list
Please check that the "dcopserver" program is running

I can boot both KDE and Gnome as root (after fiddling with gnome log in manager), but I cannot boot a failsafe terminal session as either root or my regular login. furthermore, when loged in as root, I can't access the internet, so I assume that my network card isn't working (also, ALSA dosen't work, but I figure I'll tackle my problems one at a time). Could the network card be causing all these problems?

anyways, thanks in advance,

comprookie2000 01-21-2005 01:23 PM

What happens when you use your old kernel?

JLDohm 01-21-2005 01:46 PM

everything works just like it used to

suppose that would have been good to mention in the first place......sorry

Tinkster 01-21-2005 02:06 PM

cat /etc/fstab

Does home use a file-system that you forgot
to tell the new kernel about?


JLDohm 01-21-2005 02:14 PM

# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hdc1 / ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1
/dev/hdc6 /home ext3 defaults 0 2
/dev/hdc5 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/hdb /media/cdrom0 iso9660 ro,user,noauto 0 0
/dev/hdd /media/cdrom1 iso9660 ro,user,noauto 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto 0 0
/dev/hda2 /mnt/data vfat users,owner,rw,umask=000 0 0
none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0

The last entry is there b/cthis HowTo told me to. I understand a little of what's going on here (I got the fat32 partition to mount no prob), but I couldnt tell you what that last entry is doing...

Tinkster 01-21-2005 02:22 PM

Hmmm ... looks normal :)
What output do you get from
in either environment?

Can you access your /home from a full-screen
console session?


JLDohm 01-21-2005 02:25 PM

jldohm@JLDohm:~$ mount
/dev/hdc1 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
/dev/hdc6 on /home type ext3 (rw)
/dev/hda2 on /mnt/data type vfat (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,umask=000)
usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw)

this is on the old kernel (I'm running sarge, btw)
you'll have to give me a min to reboot into the new kernel....

JLDohm 01-21-2005 02:36 PM

no problem booting "recovery mode" to get full screen console, and then loging in as root

mount on the new kernel:
/dev/hdc1 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
/dev on .dev type unknown (rw,bind)
none on /dev type tmpfs (rw,size=5M,mode=0755)

Tinkster 01-21-2005 02:38 PM

Odd ... what do you get when you manually
try to mount it?


JLDohm 01-21-2005 02:58 PM

when I try
mount /dev/hdc6
mount -t ext3 /dev/hdc6 /home

I get
mount: fs type ext3 not supported by kernel

this confuses me b/c the fist line when I just run
/dev/hdc1 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)

Tinkster 01-21-2005 03:11 PM

Strange indeed ... did you check dmesg' output to see
whether there's any other troubles, e.g. with the IDE
channel that the drive hdc is on?


JLDohm 01-21-2005 03:14 PM

will do,
a local guru of sorts suggested that I try to mount it as ext2 as well back after another reboot

JLDohm 01-21-2005 03:38 PM

nothing that looked out of the ordinary to me.
but I've gotta be done for the time being......thanks for the help.
give me any other suggestions and I'll get to them when I get the chance

JLDohm 02-01-2005 06:31 PM

on the off chace that someone will look at this again
It will mount as ext2, but other than that I'm completely at a loss.....

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