Jeff Abrahamson on Tue, 4 Dec 2001 16:00:25 +0100

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Re: [PLUG] Got problems with Ximian Gnome Desktop

On Mon, Dec 03, 2001 at 08:59:38AM -0500, Rupert Heesom wrote:
> After booting the PC up again, I found that the desktop didn't come up
> properly.  It keeps on trying to generate itself, then fails, and tries
> again.  In the beginning, I was able to get gtop loaded and saw that
> nautilus kept on being spawned.
> If I log in as root, all is fine.  I don't think root is using nautilus
> as desktop manager because the Home Directory icon is a folder, not the
> nautilus house.
> It seems to me that the easiest way of getting the normal user account's
> desktop working again is to replace nautilus as the desktop manager. 
> After that I can try to repair nautilus somehow.
> I've looked at all the config files I can think of, but can't see how
> the above can be achieved.  Also, I have no idea what gnome config files
> to look at anyway....
> I've looked at /var/log/messages after attempting a normal user desktop
> load.  Included here is what seems to be relevant to the attempt -
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
> Dec  2 23:13:37 localhost PAM_unix[4412]: (gdm) session opened for user colin by (uid=0)
> Dec  2 23:13:39 localhost gnome-name-server[4626]: starting
> Dec  2 23:13:39 localhost gnome-name-server[4626]: name server starting
> Dec  2 23:13:43 localhost kernel: cdrom: This disc doesn't have any tracks I recognize!
> Dec  2 23:14:10 localhost last message repeated 6 times
> Dec  2 23:14:12 localhost gnome-name-server[4626]: input condition is: 0x10, exiting
> Dec  2 23:14:12 localhost PAM_unix[4412]: (gdm) session closed for user colin
> Dec  2 23:14:12 localhost gdm[4412]: gdm_slave_xioerror_handler: Fatal X error - Restarting :0
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
> Do the log entries make sense to anyone?  I'm stumped!
> Can someone point me in the right direction??

You might try creating a new user and then setting him up with
nautilus and gnome. If that fails, it's your installation. If that
succeeds, it's a config thing for you personally.

In the latter case, try nuking (or if you're very patient, selectively
moving aside) config files until it works again. I find it's faster to
reconfigure than to fiddle with which config file is right.

In the former case, go back to red carpet. But that's a gnarlier case.


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