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Re: Lost window manager and gnome-panel



I see you've made progress elsewhere in this thread, so just a couple
of points below...

On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 12:36:42PM -0800, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> On Mon, 23 Nov 2009 11:30:08 -0800
> Andrew Sackville-West <andrew@farwestbilliards.com> dijo:
[...]
> 
> > I'm wondering if you're somehow changing the default selection to be a
> > .xsession session and consequently getting an empty session. 
> 
> Now we might be getting somewhere. I am not very familiar with what's
> under the hood in Linux. What is an .xsession session? 

users can specify an .xsession or .xinitrc (not sure if gdm uses
.xinitrc or not) file to control how their X session is
created. Typically this is used when one wants a highly customized
configuration using a non-standard windowmanager (if a WM is used at
all...) or when starting the X session from a console via startx (what
I do). Basically, it is a shell script that is run by X after it sets
up the graphics display and in it the user specifies various things
they want such as environment variables, starting special services, a
window manager etc. When that script exits, then the X session closes
and returns the user to the console. 

But this doesn't sound like your problem, so that's just for your
education ;)

[...]
> Looking at the aptitude logs didn't help - no error messages. 

I wasn't looking for error messages, but rather information about what
packages were being installed or removed that might have provided a
clue. 

REgardless, I know you've got it narrowed down to a local user
configuration issue, so good luck with that.

A

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