[linux] x-windows problems-please help

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Thu Dec 9 15:33:06 PST 2004

I did look again at the logs once I logged into Fedora Core 1 from
my secondary machine, and after I ran a spotcheck on my /var/log directory
(since Fedora comes by default with gdm enabled and I hate using gdm), I
_highly_ suggest looking at the logs in /var/log/gdm/. The logs will be
listed based on display number, so I suggest looking through the non
display 0 (:0) logs, since those would be for the server if you were
logging into it directly using the local keyboard, mouse, and monitor. The
logs in that directory should list any relevant issues with gdm in terms
of it starting up and authenticating users. Also, if you are having
serious issues and you have an entitlement to Redhat Enterprise, I suggest
getting technical support from them since your department is paying for
Good luck =).

On Wed, 8 Dec 2004, Laurel Rees wrote:

> 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

> remotely.


> 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

> v:(206)616-0969

> lrees at u.washington.edu


> -----Original Message-----

> From: linux-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu

> [mailto:linux-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Joshua Daniel

> Franklin

> 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

> can

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

> in

>> 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

> runlevel

> 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

> know

>> 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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