problems in gnome/gdm after weekend etch upgrade
I run etch on my laptop system, and I usually do a dist-upgrade each
weekend to keep up to date.
This past weekend's update seems to have broken some things in either
gnome or gdm that are decently difficult to work around. Wondered if
anyone else has seen this and/or can point me to a solution.
1. Upon entering my login credentials, it is not unusual for gnome to
hang while starting up. I only see the "gnome 2.14" splash screen and
the system is seemingly hung. ALT-F# doesn't work to drop me to a
console either. Although I can login via ssh and poke around. This
seems to be semi-random in nature and a couple of reboots later I can
2. Upon entering my login credentials, gnome (or gdm?) will crash and
restart and I'll end up back at the login screen again.
3. My keyboard map seems to be screwed up randomly. Earlier this
morning, the letters d, f, and l were not getting through. I pulled up
xev (thankful that those three letters were working) and verified that
they were generating X events (i.e. it wasn't a broken keyboard) but
gnome (or X?) wasn't receiving them properly. A reboot (or two) later
and now different keys are malfunctioning.
This is decently painful. My guess is that some underlying library that
gnome and/or gdm uses has some kind of problem, as this last upgrade
only asked me about changing one configuration file and that was for xdm
which I don't use.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick
to anger. -- J. R. R. Tolkien