Bug 57211 - gnome-session hangs with "Starting gnome" after login
gnome-session hangs with "Starting gnome" after login
Status: CLOSED WORKSFORME
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gnome-core (Show other bugs)
7.2
All Linux
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Assigned To: Havoc Pennington
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2001-12-06 15:53 EST by chn65
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-12-07 13:26:15 EST
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Description chn65 2001-12-06 15:53:34 EST
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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.

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How reproducible:
Always

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.


Additional info:

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.
Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2001-12-06 16:30:24 EST
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?
Comment 2 chn65 2001-12-07 04:22:58 EST
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.
Comment 3 Havoc Pennington 2001-12-07 13:26:10 EST
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
the install.
Comment 4 Havoc Pennington 2002-02-26 11:19:33 EST
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.

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