Rich Freeman on 3 Sep 2012 13:05:11 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Broken Ubuntu upgrade

On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM, Eric Johnson <> wrote:
> No difference. I turned off quiet and splash, but it gets to exactly the same message and then freezes. I do not see how to get to the X log file unless I boot from recovery mode.

Did you try just running X by itself?  From your shell, start screen.
Then type X - you should get an X server with a blank screen.  On mine
the mouse doesn't respond for some reason unless you actually attach a
client.  So, hit ctrl-alt-F1 to get back to your shell (if it isn't on
vt1, try alt-F2 and so on until you find your shell).  Then open a new
window within screen and type "export DISPLAY=:0 ; xterm" and then hit
Alt-F2 and work your way up until you find your X session which should
now have a terminal in it (without window decorations).

You might also just try running startx, which might or might not be
set up on your distro.  However, that might try to start Gnome and
such, and if you're trying to troubleshoot just confirming that X11 is
working might be useful.

I'd check your logs to see what is going on, and then check your start
up scripts.  Nothing on Linux happens by magic - your kernel runs
init, and your init checks inittab (well, sysvinit does - no idea how
Upstart works if you have that), and then it is on from there.

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