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Old 11-22-2003, 11:49 AM   #1
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How To Kill Gnome Session?


Hi All From the Newest of the Newbies! I've been doing Cisco networking for 6 years, and have decided it's well past time to learn something about *nix.

I built a box and installed RH9. While logged into Gnome over VNC, I started up the RH updater to get the newest code on my new box. Unfortunately, I froze up the RH Updater Registration window by typing in the abbreviation for my state instead of selecting from the list.

Now my Gnome window is dead and unresponsive. The cursor moves, but I can't close the open window or open anything else. I have up2date running in an SSH session (go cable modem go!!), but I need to know how to recover or kill my dead Gnome session.

Help!

Thanks From Your New Newbie,
doctorcisco
 
Old 11-22-2003, 01:01 PM   #2
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Try (In a shell) killall gdm, then type 'gdm' again to restart the Gnome Display Manger. This will solve your problem, if the problem is in up2date, you should notify redhat about the problem/bug.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 02:21 PM   #3
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No dice ... looks like the process has a different name?

[root@RHServer /]# killall gdm
gdm: no process killed
[root@RHServer /]#
 
Old 11-22-2003, 03:39 PM   #4
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try:

xkill

muhahaha evil little thing to get rid of those annoyin freezes. just be careful.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 05:57 PM   #5
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Another thing to try is the linux version of the three finger salute, that is press ctrl+alt+backspace which will kill the x server and kick you back to the command prompt where you can restart x

P.S. If your having problems with up2date Redhat has an updated version for download on their website (something about an expired SSL certificate in older versions).

Last edited by Lindy; 11-22-2003 at 06:07 PM.
 
Old 11-24-2003, 12:05 PM   #6
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I ended up doing a system shutdown ... which also froze (Gnome wallpaper was on the screen with a cursor and nothing else ... machine frozen). Had to hard power-down the box; it then came up OK.

Here I thought I was leaving the "turn off the power" option behind in the M$ world! :-)

I'm thinking Debian might be a better option, actually ... I guess RH isn't going to be updated much any more.

Thanks Gang,
doctorcisco
 
Old 11-24-2003, 02:27 PM   #7
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The turning off power option still isn't a good idea even if it works (I have to admit, I still do that now and then too though.. Damn you m$! Old habbits die hard...) Generally you should just kill whatever app is causing the trouble. You can use 'ps aux|grep "appname"' to find its uid, etc. Otherwise, for a quick solution, you can just 'killall -9 Xvnc' and start it up again If you need more info you can do 'more /var/log/messages |grep up2date' and see whats causing it to lock up. But generally.. Yea.. Just kill the fucker
 
Old 11-24-2003, 02:29 PM   #8
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And btw, no, Redhat wont be updated anymore, but I have high hopes for Fedora (Debian might not be the best idea if you haven't worked with *nix before.)
 
  


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