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Old 07-27-2004, 04:39 PM   #1
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Unable to load X

I've been logging into linux under one of the user accounts I created (jimmy). I started up the computer yesterday and it would no log in as jimmy. I am able to log in as root as well as any of my other user accounts. I just cannot login as jimmy. I read this thread 209934 (i can't post URL since I don't have 5 posts) since it was similar to mine and I tried all the options they suggested (i.e. deleting .Xauthority, checking hard drive size, symbolic links) and nothing worked. I deleted all references to jimmy in the /tmp folder and still nothing. I have no errors in .xsession-errors.

Any help would be extremely grateful. Thank you.
Old 07-27-2004, 05:24 PM   #2
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how much free disk space do you have
Old 07-27-2004, 05:42 PM   #3
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If you try 'su jimmy' from one of your other accounts, you may get a more discriptive reply on what is wrong. Reading the most recent log messages just afterwords may help also.
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Originally posted by Finlay
how much free disk space do you have
I'm only using %16 of my disk space.
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Here's something new when I try to log in using the KDE desktop:

There was an error setting up inter-process communications for KDE. The message returned by the system was:
Could not read read network connection list /home/jimmy/.DCOPserver_<servername>__0

Another Message box said this:

/home/jimmy/.kde/share/config/kwinvc not writable
/home/jimmy/kde/share/config/kdglobals not writable

After all that the last message box says:

No write access to $HOME directory /home/jimmy. KDE is unable to start

Well I tried changing all the permissions and that didn't do anything. There was another message (I forgot to write down) about being unable to find the dcopserver. When I try gnome or something it just has a blank screen and send me back to log in.
Old 07-27-2004, 06:49 PM   #6
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you changed the permissions on the directory, but did you change the ownership and group? as in:

 $ chown jimmy /home/jimmy
$ chgrp [your-group] /home/jimmy
your group is probably 'users' or 'jimmy' depending on what distro you are using. you can find out what group your users belong to in /etc/group

this may make a difference for you, im not sure.

with regards to starting gnome and getting kicked back to the login prompt... it might be that you have a broken environment variable or something like that. if you want to print out all your environment variables, you can run the 'env' command, it will spit them all out to a console screen for you. take a look at the man page for /etc/group for the meanings of the x:x:x lines.


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