Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 4852
X server does not start
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:51 EDT
I hace installed RH6 on a variety of machines and have
experienced a no. of situations where the Gnome desktop
does not atart :
1. Typing 'startx' as root results in a warning message
about the Gnome File Manager running as root.
OK in this widget results in the File manager
attempting to start. The FM core dumps and the
warning msgs reappears. One is then stuck in
an indefinite loop. The desktop icons never
THis error can disappear spontaneously when next
logging in or when changing the screen resolution.
It can also reappear ...
2. Booting into runlevel 5 does not always work. The
nice graphical login screen appears but when
attempting to login, the screen flashes a couple of
times and the login screen reappears. I could not
find any msgs in the system to indicate what the
problem could be.
Typing 'startx' from runlevel 3 was OK.
3. Typing 'startx' resulted in the msg :
Logging out and back in *usually* (but not always)
fixes this problem. Waiting a while or rebooting
also fixes the problem. In one severe case, we
found the directory /var/lock/console was missing.
recreating the directory fixed the problem.
Please install the GNOME errata (available via
http://www.redhat.com/support/) - they fix a lot of problems with