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Old 11-03-2005, 04:24 PM   #1
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Exclamation Xsession: warning: unable to write to /tmp

I run,

kubuntu-5.10-breezy- kde 3.4
Installed nvidia drivers successfully

..and I extended(sources.list) to fetch applications(using adept) from the extended set of deb repositories(which i read were in a way unsafe and unsupported!)

Now probably the blunder i made was to updated a set of applications like konqueror, kcontrol, konsole etc that were (i think,) meant for KDE3.5 using adept. I did this without considering that the KDE installed on my system was 3.4. Also, adept showed them as upgradeable and so i marked them to upgrade.

After these updates i restarted the system and tried to login and received this error:

Xsession: Warning" Unable to write to /tmp; X session may exist with an error

At this error dialogue is an ok button. Pressing this button takes me back to login prompt (after a few screen flickers)

Trying to login with fluxbox and blackbox both gave me this same error. Though i am able to login into console mode.

I have tried recovery mode. but it still fails.

I am a newbie to linux

please help

thank you
Old 11-03-2005, 06:12 PM   #2
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only time i've ever seen errors like this is when your /tmp (or whatever partition it resides in) is full... time for some spring cleaning?
Old 11-04-2005, 09:17 AM   #3
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hi thanks
It's working now after i did

sudo apt-get clean

from console


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