[K12OSN] startx puts display on server

Dale Harkness dharkness at nsd2.com
Thu Sep 23 19:37:31 UTC 2004

-----Original Message-----
From:	Peter Van den Wildenbergh on behalf of Peter Van den Wildenbergh
Sent:	Thu 9/23/2004 1:38 PM
To:	Support list for opensource software in schools.
Subject:	RE: [K12OSN] startx puts display on server
Dale :
Failing to log in (without msg) and redisplaying the login screen is ...
Seen that one before when you use pam and auth agaist NDS for example.
Usually ID/PW are correct! but actions taken by pam after the login like auto creating /home/dir
fail and that causes a login fail without msg on the screen but...
Check /var/log/messages and /var/log/secure on the server
with the commands
tail -f /var/log/messages 
tail -f /var/log/secure 
and see what scrolls by when you log in on one of the clients.
If you see anything, post it on the list, and I will take a look at it.
-----Original Message----- 
From: Jim Kronebusch [mailto:jim at winonacotter.org] 
Sent: Thu 9/23/2004 11:48 AM 
To: 'Support list for opensource software in schools.' 
Subject: RE: [K12OSN] startx puts display on server

> When i load my machines, by default, they are supposed to go
> to Gnome, however when i do that the screen flickers a few
> times, and then takes you back to the logon screen.  no
> errors or anything.  the only logon that works is failsafe. 
> you can logon to the machines as root and it logons ok, but
> any other user it just flickers and takes you back.   also
> when i logon to the server directly i can logon as any user
> and it logs into their profile just fine.  why is that?

Call me crazy but I would try to remove the autologin stuff and see if
things work then.  At least you could narrow down the problem to Gnome
or something with the Autologin.

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can you believe that the problem is now fixed.  it ended up being that i had removed the two sound files in the LTSP list in the Red Hat Package Manager.  there is a sound server and sound clients, i removed them for troubleshooting purposes of another problem. after i got my other problem fixed i did not put them back on, and in looking in a /home/$username/.Xsession-errors file i found that they could not locate /lib/libsoundoss.so.1, so i reinstalled sound, rebooted and they work fine now. go figure that sound had that much bearing on the logon.  anyways, thanks for everyones help.  hope this helps anyone else who may wish to remove those files in the future....i wouldn't do it.  thanks.

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