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Old 04-24-2006, 04:10 AM   #1
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Unhappy gdm won't start after updates

Hey all

I faced quite a problem the other day after upgrading some packages from the slackware-current tree. After a reboot gdm wouldn't work. I'd get a black screen with the little watch on it, but that was all I'd get.

When I rebooted I was able to boot into runlevel 3 via grub, then start the X server, where it put me into Window Manager. gdm never worked again though, and the internet mysteriously stopped working too. Trying to run gdm from a command line didn't help at all, and I got the system telling me 'bout a problem with /home/ahmed/.Xauthority . Can't recall what it said..

Did a re-install, and now I want to know what broke gdm. Any ideas?
And how could I update my stuff from the current tree safely? I'm using gslapt (slapt-get). Any packages I have to upgrade/should avoid like the plague?



Last edited by Ahmed; 04-24-2006 at 04:22 AM.
Old 04-24-2006, 11:26 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Ahmed
Did a re-install, and now I want to know what broke gdm. Any ideas?
AFAIK there are no Gnome flavors for Slack that are compiled against the current branch, and in fact it is generally recommended to avoid this because of the possibility of breakages like you experienced. I would check with the community that supports your Gnome environment.
Old 05-02-2006, 06:06 AM   #3
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I have the same problem here. I've switched to kdm temporarily, I'm waiting for an update to gware gnome.

bash-3.1# ldd /usr/sbin/gdm-binary =>  (0xffffe000) => /lib/tls/ (0xa7f68000) => /lib/tls/ (0xa7f52000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7c60000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7c46000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7c3e000) => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0xa7c3b000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7bba000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7ba4000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7b9d000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7b78000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7b40000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7af7000) => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0xa7aed000) => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0xa7a20000) => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0xa7a12000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa79e1000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa79bb000) => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0xa7995000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7974000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa790a000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa78f8000) => /lib/tls/ (0xa78d5000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa789c000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7898000) => /lib/tls/ (0xa7893000) => /usr/lib/ (0xa7810000) => /lib/tls/ (0xa76e1000) => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0xa76dd000) => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0xa76d5000) => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0xa76cb000) => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0xa76c6000)
        /lib/ (0xa7fbb000)
Gtk 2.8.16 was working fine, thus I'd expect the 2.8.17 update to cause no problems. libpng may be the cause however.

Edit: I just realized that libpng hasn't been updated. Then maybe it's libgtk. I'll try to find the 2.8.16 package and try.

Last edited by Ilgar; 05-02-2006 at 06:09 AM.


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