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Old 03-12-2004, 05:34 PM   #1
Registered: Feb 2004
Distribution: RH 7.3
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I was here but now its gone .....

Ok let me put it like I want it .. or should I say what it was like when it came and then left. First thing is that when my system booted up it went strat to GUI and allowed me to log on with my username and password. And it went stright to the Gnome desktop with no errors or any thing, just like a normal OS should. And when I went to the terminal emulation program it said [root@host3 root]# and most importantly I could print.

But now its back to the same 'ol sam 'ol where when I boot up my system it goes to the command line for me to do my login and then I have to type startx to get to the Gnome GUI and then when it loads every thing it comes up with the error, (and depending on the boot I may have to log in again for my keyboard to work. And no there is nothing wrong with my keyboard it just sometime requiers me log on again in the GUI enviroment right after I login in the cmd line eviroment.)

----This is the error it shows me everytime I boot up----

Could not lookup internet add. for host3-null. this prevents gnome form operating correctly it may be possible to correct the problem by adding host3null to file.

And when I go to terminal emulation program it says [root@host3-null root]# at the command prompt.
But worst of all I can't print..

Can any one help me get it back to where it should be where every thing works.

Thanks in Adv ...

Old 03-12-2004, 05:57 PM   #2
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Meersburg (GER)
Distribution: Cygwin,RH 7.2 7.3, SuSe 6.4 8.2 9.1,TinyLinux, Debian Sarge, Knoppix 3.*, Knoppicilin, Knoppix STD
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sounds like something kicked some of your confs.
Could you answer these questions please:
what distribution are you using (still RH7.3)
what print spooler (ie CUPS, LPRng ...)
do you always log on as root


Last edited by Gibsonist; 03-12-2004 at 05:58 PM.
Old 03-12-2004, 06:00 PM   #3
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Location: Westray, Orkney
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A console login is determined by the file /etc/inittab, you will have to edit this file as root.

Change the line

id:3:initdefault to id:5:initdefault

the correct number should be shown above this line.

If you can't use a console editor such as vi

try running

su -c "telinit 5"

Then if X starts you should be able to edit the /etc/inittab as described above.

Your other problem with gnome may require help from someone else, I use KDE.
Old 03-12-2004, 06:07 PM   #4
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If you are still using rh find the file called /etc/inittab. There should be a line that looks like this


There should be the number 5 right there.

Also you should not log in as root. Create a new user and use that as your primary user account. It is too easy to screw something up on accident as root. You may be feeling that effect now.

The file to add host3-null to is /etc/hosts . Add a line like: host3-null
Old 03-12-2004, 10:29 PM   #5
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Yes I'm running RH 7.3

And this file "/etc/inittab" already has this line "id:5:initdefault"
yes I always log in as root casue I don't know how to create another account.

Have no idea how to find out my CUPS can ya help me

Last edited by AndreL; 03-12-2004 at 10:35 PM.
Old 03-12-2004, 11:38 PM   #6
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Location: Illinois
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logging in as root all the time is a bad call.... too easy to screw stuff up

open a terminal

adduser username

where username=your name


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