[CLUE-Cert] Couple of SuSE questions

Sean LeBlanc seanleblanc at home.com
Sat Dec 9 13:01:28 MST 2000

Thanks for the reply.

Unfortunately, .xsession-errors is size 0. I have spent some
time doing some of the suggestions, and the net result (so far)
is that it just hangs on login for any other user but root.

I CAN start X as root, BTW.

When I try X with :1 from command line, I get a message about
how I should be using Xwrapper to start it, so I try that, I get another
X session on Ctrl-Alt-F8, but it's just the X cursor and the black and white
checkered background, and that's all the further it gets. startx with :1 on
command line seems to ignore it. You think I need to alter startx script?

Ah, well...I was just curious about these things anyway, I'll be wiping this
install and starting with RH soon, anyway, so it's not THAT important.

On Fri, 08 Dec 2000, Lynn Danielson wrote:
> Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2000 08:27:51 -0700
> To: clue-cert at clue.denver.co.us
> From: Lynn Danielson <Lynn.Danielson at clue.denver.co.us>
> Reply-To: clue-cert at clue.denver.co.us
> Sender: clue-cert-admin at clue.denver.co.us
> Subject: Re: [CLUE-Cert] Couple of SuSE questions
> Sean LeBlanc wrote: 
> > One: The user (not root) that was created during install can no longer log
> in
> > via normal X login...it accepts user and pass, then proceeds as normally,
> but
> > before it gets to desktop, it bounces back to login screen again.  I can 
> > Ctrl-Alt-F1 and log in as that user and get to CLI, but no GUI.  ...
> > I looked in /var/log/messages ..., are there better places to look? 
> There should be an .xsession-errors file (or something like that) in the
> home directory of the user you were trying to login as.  This sounds like
> there's a problem with one of your environment/initialization scripts.
> I'd start with looking at those related to X, e.g., .xinitrc, .Xsession or
> pretty much anything beginning with .X or .x.  If you don't have these 
> files in your local directory, X is probably reading your default "system"
> files -- /etc/X11 is a good place to start looking for these.  You might
> also look under /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit and thereabouts.
> Can you start an X session ok as root?  If not, then try running sax or
> isax or whatever X configuration tool you prefer and reconfigure X.  Try
> a lower resolution and color depth.  If you can start an X session as
> root without problems, then I'd look at root's initialization scripts,
> i.e, .X*, .x*, .*rc, etc. and compare them to your users.
> > Two: I cannot seem to get a normal user created...that is, I use Yast to
> put
> > one in, and I can log in, but for this case, it just freezes after login.
> > I have to go over to another console, log in as root, and kill off the
> session
> > in order to get out.  Are there special considerations for users that need
> to
> > be done in order to allow log in via GUI  that I need to do? And again,
> with
> > these "new" users created, I can login also via CLI method, and no issues
> > there.
> When you create a new user, default files are usually copied from /etc/skel
> into the users newly created home directory.  If these are hosed or have
> gotten corrupted some how, it might explain the problem you're having.
> Try creating a new user from scratch.  Add a new entry for the user in
> /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow, create a home directory for that user and
> as root chown that home directory with the users uid and gid.  As root
> you can set the password for the user or simply leave the encrypted
> password field empty in the shadow file to start out with no password
> for that user.  Hopefully, this will produce different results, but it's
> hard to say for sure.
> > And here's a general X question: I have the GUI login screen up and
> running.
> > If I go to another virtual term, log in, and then try startx...it fails,
> > because of the other term using the same display that startx defaults to,
> no?
> Yes, your default display (:0) is typically started on virtual terminal
> 7 (Ctrl-Alt-F7).  You should be able to start another X session on display
> :8 by passing :1 to X.  If you use :1 as the first argument of your startx
> script, it should pass it on to X.  
> Hope this helps.
> Lynn Danielson
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