'gdm could not write to the auth file' -- ubuntuPPC_5.04
I have two machines (both of which dual boot into Ubuntu 5.04 and OS X
- an iBook G3 running Ubuntu 5.04 (all current updates) on a 4G
- an iMac DV G3 running Ubuntu 5.04 (all current updates) on a 5G part
I have a 10G external (pocket) firewire drive which I formatted on the
iBook as an ext3 fs drive
the drive shows up on my iBook after plugging it in (I guess hotplug
handles the automount)
I backed up my iBook onto this drive using rsync as follows:
sudo rsync -av --progress / /media/ieee1394disc/foo1
it worked -- but I got some errors:
rsync: read errors mapping "/sys/class/net/eth0/carrier": Invalid
4096 100% 3.89kB/s 0:00:01 (123074, 38.8% of 174409)
rsync: read errors mapping "/sys/class/net/sit0/carrier": Invalid
131072 100% 97.49kB/s 0:00:01 (123075, 38.9% of 174409)
rsync: read errors mapping "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:10.0/rom":
Invalid argument (22)
1048576 100% 5.49MB/s 0:00:00 (123076, 39.2% of 174409)
rsync: read errors mapping "/sys/devices/pci0002:20/0002:20:0f.0/rom":
Invalid argument (22)
ERROR: sys/class/net/eth0/carrier failed verification -- update
ERROR: sys/class/net/sit0/carrier failed verification -- update
ERROR: sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:10.0/rom failed verification --
ERROR: sys/devices/pci0002:20/0002:20:0f.0/rom failed verification --
sent 2661690634 bytes received 2461540 bytes 526044.46 bytes/sec
total size is 2652949812 speedup is 1.00
rsync warning: some files vanished before they could be transferred
(code 24) at main.c(702)
but I saw my iBook's HD was on the backup drive -- although I am not
sure how to verify the backup...
I took the drive physically and plugged it into the iMac DV
it didn't show up on the iMac DV but I am able to cd to
so I assumed it automounted but for some reason didn't place an icon on
the desktop...I have it set up that Computer, Home and Trash all show
up on the desktop...
I wanted to back up the iMac DV as well so I ran rsync on this machine
sudo rsync -av --progress / /media/ieee1394disc/foo2
it spews stuff to the terminal for a while and then ends with some
error messages...they look a little different than the errors I got on
I'm not sure what happened but then I ran gparted and it scanned for
volumes but found nothing...something seemed wrong so
I rebooted the machine
and I get the Gnome splash screen with the login window
I enter the correct username and pswd
and I get a small error window which states:
'GDM could not write to the authorization file...
You are either out of disc space or the home dir could not be opened
I removed the external firewire drive and reboot again...
the same error message appears...
so my questions are:
- how do I solve this?
- did I inadvertently write to the same partition on the internal
drive (and not the external firewire drive) therefor filling it to the
- or did the rsync backup clobber an auth file?
- and if so how do I fix it?
I tried booting into 'live-expert-powerpc' mode from the Live CD
but I cannot cd to the drive for some reason
I suspect that I either have to delete the backup to free up room on
the drive -- wherever the backup is on the HD
or I have to repair permissions on the authorization file...
anyone offer some insight and help?
thanks in advance!