Hoary cant start X (gdm, I guess)
kogorman at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 04:03:12 UTC 2005
I've got an installation at school that I upgraded to Hoary just before
the school year ended. I'm not sure, but I think I did an upgrade of
everything just before I left. I may well have left while the upgrade was
still going on.
I got back to that machine for the first time today, and found that
a power failure had caused a reboot, but the system can't start
Gnome any more. It wouldn't start gdm, or kde, or startx -- each one
failed in a different way.
Now I can't run synaptic, of course, and I have never familiarized
myself with command-line tools for managing the packages. Can
some kind soul give me pointers to things to RTFM? Or maybe a
few steps that will help diagnose the problem?
I can log into the machine remotely, and I have root access, but I'll
only rarely be there physically -- this Tuesday plus any Sunday when
I really need to. So this is a bit tricky.
Kevin O'Gorman, PhD
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