Re: gdm login problem - Solved
On Thu, Mar 25, 2004 at 08:23:43AM -0500, Thomas H. George wrote:
> Suddenly I can no longer login to gdm. When I enter my user name the
> screen goes blank then returns to the login screen. I created an new
> user and when I tried to log in as this user the screen went blank after
> I entered the new user's password. I still can login at any of the
> terminal screens with either my user name and password or the new user's
> name and password.
> At one point there was a message /dev/null permission denied. The
> permissions were 666 which seemed like it should be ok to read and write
> to /dev/null but I changed them to 777 to be sure. Then I no longer got
> the message but the logins failed as above.
> Anyone know what I have messed up?
My fault. I was trying to get workbone working again, I was getting a
message to change the permissions to cdrom with chmod 666 /dev/cdrom.
When I ran this a root and the ll /dev/cdrom the permissions were
unchanged. Eventually I read the chmod man page carefully enough to
learn that since cdrom was a soft link to hdc the chmod command changed
the permissions of hdc, not cdrom.
While working this out I must have inadvertantly changed the permissions
to the dev directory. Today, going carefully over all the permissions
with a clear understanding of what I was doing I found and corrected the
Well, almost a clear understanding - yesterday neither workbone nor
setmixer was working. First I got setmixer working then tackled the
workbone problem. Now workbone is working but setmixer -V again gives the
message, "error opening /dev/mixer." with 755 permissions. I'll work on
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