Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 57211
gnome-session hangs with "Starting gnome" after login
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:38:36 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows 98)
Description of problem:
I installed RH 7.2 with "everything" option.
When starting a GNOME session a not-very-pretty dialog box showing GNOME
text (arial font) and a small "starting gnome" in the bottom is the only
thing that appears. Panel doesn't start, icons don't show etc. I have to
kill gnome-session to do anything (return to login box). KDE works fine,
WindowMaker works fine, GNOME does not.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. graphical login, choose GNOME session
2. Enter username and password
3. Press OK and gnome-session does nothing.
Actual Results: The gnome session does not start (nothing happens) but I
can go to a text login and manually kill the gnome-session program.
Expected Results: I had expected the GNOME session to start.
It's a brand new machine with AMD DURON CPU 1 GHz, 512MB RAM, 100 GB
harddrive, Matrox Mystique graphics card, Asus A7V-series motherboard.
I've never had a report of this; something is munged.
Is the dialog you're talking about the splash screen? does it have an image in it?
Anything in .xsession-errors during this?
The dialog has no image, just a plain text saying "GNOME".
The .xsession-errors file contains "gnome-upgrade.py: No such file or
directory", which might be an important clue. But I installed with "everything"
option, so I wonder why.
The machine has network configured (default gateway and name servers) but is
NOT plugged into the network.
If gnome-upgrade.py isn't there then the install is messed up, or your user
account has issues. That file should be in gnome-core and it should be
in your PATH; maybe your PATH is wrong?
If you don't have gnome-upgrade.py, maybe try reinstalling gnome-core - but I'm
worried that whatever problem caused it to be missing will cause other weird
stuff as well.
You might try "rpm --verify" (see "man rpm") to try and verify the integrity of
Some kind of broken installation, AFAICT. Works here.
Will need more info if the report is reopened; the rpm verify output,
or other investigation into why gnome-upgrade.py is missing, etc.