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various parts of gnome up the creek

hi fellow debian users

I throw myself at your feet and grovel for help with the whole tedious mish-mash that has arisen while trying to set up libusb to run the hotsynch with my handheld.

This is what went wrong:

(1) suddenly the gnome window manager, menu and taskbar when I booted this morning after working on it last night
(2) the sound is now disabled (esd)
(3) I can't open a terminal or shell window

I can't strictly narrow this down to libusb, it might have something to do with udev and a few other packages I upgraded last night.

I managed to salvage gnome by re-installing it with synatpic.

I can't get the sound back on (even though I see the esd daemon sitting there) and the shell launchers in x give me "error creating child process".

I also see lots of different apps saying:

/usr/bin/X11/startx: line 131: /dev/null: Permission denied

and also a few of these:

(nautilus:4179): libgnomevfs-WARNING **: Cannot load module `/usr/lib/gnome-vfs-2.0/modules/libcdda.so' (/usr/lib/gnome-vfs-2.0/modules/libcdda.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory)

Can anyone tell me where to go from here?


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