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Old 09-30-2001, 06:17 PM   #1
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gdm murdered mysteriously starting RedHat 7.1 - X OK?

I have a fresh installation of Redhat 7.1. I got X (XFree86) working fine. I installed a few new fonts via gnorpm, and then ran sndconfig. It didn't want to be run in X so I ctrl-alt-bcksp'd out of X to configure my soundcard. This was successful. I then tried to restart X (startx). This bought up the redhat desktop but then flickered into a grey screen with a working mouse pointer but nothing else. My XF86Config file wasn't changed, according to the mod time. Now when I start linux at init level 5, or run startx as a user account, I get the desktop appearing then disappearing, and a grey screen. If I kill it (ctrl-alt-bcksp), I get 'gdm murdered suspiciously'. If I start X as root, I get a working desktop session. Can't find any problems with dmesg or in var/log/messages. Driving me mad - help please!
Old 10-01-2001, 09:58 AM   #2
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I'm having a similar problem

I'm having a similar problem. It looks like my "xfs" is broken somehow. During boot time it says "xfs" starts but it never really does. When I try xfs -droppriv it "cannot establish any listening sockets". When I just run xfs straight it starts fine, so for now I've changed the xfs script in init.d to not try -droppriv. I don't know how to fix the sockets problem yet, though. Anyone out there have any ideas?
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Just had the same problem and solved it by changing the permissions of the tmp directory to chmod 0777

Might not work in your case, but I got the same error message like you.


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