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Old 11-21-2005, 10:17 AM   #1
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Gnome won't start anymore...

I'm not quite sure about what I did but I'm afraid that my HDD did something weird... Anyway, when starting Gnome, this error message pops up:

Xsession: Unable to launch "/usr/bin/gnome-session" X session ---
"/usr/bin/gnome-session" not found; falling back to default session.
Of course /usr/bin/gnome _does_ exist. When I click that error message away and wait another 5 minutes, Gnome starts - but when I start a program it appears without borders and without title bar in the left top corner, so cannot move the window (and it covers the gnome menu bar).

I believe that this is a problem with the window manager, so I tried to reinstall metacity, but without success. The same error message appears when starting kde saying that kde-session is missing. After "ok" the default session is loaded - the same as described above. Does anybody have any suggestions how to fis this?

BTW, I'm running kernel 2.6.14 with debian sid (dist-upgraded about 10 days ago, so all software should be up to date. Gnome has already been working after this upgrade, there shouldn't be any dependency problems)
Old 11-22-2005, 08:31 PM   #2
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Just login to failsafe mode and start gnome from command prompt and check what happens
Old 01-06-2006, 09:14 AM   #3
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Hi, I am having the same problem, xms starts instead of Gnome

when I type gnome, it says unknown command or something.

I get the follwoing error when I log out in less that 10 seconds:

/etc/X11/gdm/PreSession/Default: Registering your session with wtmp and utmp
/etc/X11/gdm/PreSession/Default: /usr/bin/X11/sessreg -a -w /var/log/wtmp -u /var/run/utmp -x "/var/gdm/:0.Xservers" -h "" -1 ":0"root"

I too have FC3... any help please, it took me so long just to open a FAT32 hdd and to be able to play mp3 and install java ^^;

thnx for any help
Old 08-19-2006, 07:51 AM   #4
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has something to do with xinitrc

check whether /root/.xinitrc is intact. just replace it with proper one if not present / intact (source : YOur CD)


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