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Re: GNOME login fails

On Wed, 2006-04-26 at 09:24 +0200, Christoph Bier wrote:
> Hi all,
> since yesterday I can't log into GNOME anymore. The failsafe session
> works however. I get a message that the last session did last less
> than 10 seconds and that there may be not enough space left on my
> hard disk. There is enough space and I can't find anything special
> in .xsession-errors:
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> .xsession-errors:
> /etc/gdm/PreSession/Default: Registering your session with wtmp and utmp
> /etc/gdm/PreSession/Default: running: /usr/bin/X11/sessreg -a -w
> /var/log/wtmp -u /var/run/utmp -x "/var/lib/gdm/:0.Xservers" -h ""
> -l ":0" "chris"
> /etc/gdm/Xsession: Beginning session setup...
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> -----------------------------------------------------------
> chris@lotus:~$ df -h
> Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
> /dev/hda1             942M  392M  503M  44% /
> tmpfs                 251M  4.0K  251M   1% /dev/shm
> /dev/hda6             4.6G  3.8G  626M  86% /var
> /dev/hda7             942M   17M  878M   2% /tmp
> /dev/hda8             2.8G  1.5G  1.2G  55% /usr
> /dev/hda9             3.3G  2.8G  319M  90% /usr/local
> /dev/hda10             25G   17G  6.8G  71% /home
> /dev/hdb5              28G   17G  9.6G  64% /multimedia
> tmpfs                  10M  616K  9.4M   7% /dev
> -----------------------------------------------------------
> `aptitude install -f' tells me that nothing has to be done.
> Two days ago gdm was upgraded, so I installed the older version
> (gdm_2.6.0.8-1_i386.deb) again. But it didn't help and I upgraded
> again. I use Sarge with a few backports (teTeX, vorbis-tools,
> libxrender1).
> Can anybody help me? I already asked on the german mailing list
> yesterday but without any results. I also found a message in the
> archives describing the same problem[1] but without a solution.
> Best regards,
> 	Christoph
> [1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2005/10/msg01801.html
> -- 
> +++ Typografie-Regeln: http://www.zvisionwelt.de/typokurz.pdf (1.4)
The following line in my desktop machine's (Sarge).xsession file caused
the same message:
"xrdb $HOME/.Xdefaults"

In recovery mode I moved .xsession to xsession, and logon was normal.
I don't think I'd upgraded gdm when this occured.

Also after upgrading gdm on another machine (Sarge), XFree86 was taking
99% of the cpu according to top.  I killed it with kill -9 pid, but it
restarted and reached the same duty cycle.  On reboot XFee86 returned to

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