[linux] x-windows problems-please help

Laurel Rees lrees at u.washington.edu
Wed Dec 8 11:45:42 PST 2004

I tried the suggestion below of logging in at runlevel 3 then doing an
export KDE and that wasn't successful. I get the same blank screen with
mouse control that I did with gnome.

I tried deleting everything in two different users' home directories, and
again both users could not log in on the local machine with the gnome or KDE
window manager. Both users can log in at runlevel 3. Both users can connect

When I am at the local machine and I log in as root I can use the gnome and
KDE window manager. There are no problems as root.

Laurel E. Rees
Senior Computer Specialist
Dept. of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics
lrees at u.washington.edu

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:linux-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Joshua Daniel
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 12:18 PM
To: Linux/Unix Users Group at the UW
Subject: Re: [linux] x-windows problems-please help

Laurel Rees wrote:

> I can connect remotely to my Red Hat Enterprise workstation machines, I


> log in locally in init level 3, but when I attempt use the x-windows log


> I get a nice blue screen (not a BSD) and have mouse ability but the full

> desktop never comes up. Below is the text from /var/log/messages.

Hmm, sounds like maybe:
* something weird in your $HOME/.xinitrc or similar
* the full desktop it's trying to start isn't installed (i.e., no GNOME)

You might backing up then deleting everything (especially hidden .files) in
your home directory and trying again. Also maybe make sure the GNOME stuff
is all installed with Red Hat's install tool. I think its
system-config-packages or System Settings->Add/Remove Applications. Oh, but
if you can't get a X login that won't work... you might try KDE from
3 with:

[username at localhost ~]$ export DESKTOP=kde
[username at localhost ~]$ startx

> I am confused why it says uid=0 and my pid is not 1221.

This just means that the application opening the X session
(gdm in this case) is running as root (uid=0) and its pid, or
"process ID", is 1221. Nothing to worry about, gdm has to run
as root in order to authenticate. I also think the pam_unix
failure is normal when using pam_krb5.

> I have my Red Hat boxes set up to authenticate to the UW servers (don't


> if this is relevant).


> Dec 6 13:20:51 babysbreath gdm(pam_unix)[1091]: authentication failure;

> logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=:0 ruser= rhost= user=lrees

> Dec 6 13:20:53 babysbreath gdm-binary[1091]: pam_krb5: authentication

> succeeds for `lrees'

> Dec 6 13:20:54 babysbreath gdm(pam_unix)[1091]: session opened for user

> lrees by (uid=0)

> Dec 6 13:20:55 babysbreath gconfd (lrees-1221): starting (version 2.2.1),

> pid 1221 user 'lrees'

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