Gnome freezes after session start

Arjan Geven arjangeven at
Fri Jul 29 09:14:33 UTC 2005

On 7/21/05, Dennis Kaarsemaker <dennis at> wrote:
> On do, 2005-07-21 at 09:34 +0200, Arjan Geven wrote:
> > However, I now found out that it does not freeze completely, but just
> > stalls for a few minutes. After a while, the screensaver comes up (4
> > minutes of no activity), and then later, there's a desktop sitting in
> > front of me. So, my guess is, there must be some boot process taking a
> > lot of time to start. But how can I find out which process that would
> > be? /var/log/messages doesn't tell me anything strange (I think).
> That is really odd... You can disregard what I wrote then.
> Try running top in a console, switch back to gdm, enter your name/pass,
> quickly switch back to the console (hit s 1 to make top update quicker)
> and see what happens.
> --
> Dennis K.

Hrm, a late reaction from me, the weather's been too good ;-). 

Anyway, I ran 'top' as suggested, and it showed a lot of processes
coming and going during the startup. However, I didn't see any one of
them taking particularly much CPU-time or execution-time. So I still
have no idea as to what process does this to my login.

I created a new user, and with this user I can log in normally,
without any delay. So it must be something *I* did.

Is there perhaps a way to just throw away any old session data and/or
bootup data and start over clean with this user? It's not like I have
anything special that should be performed when I log in...

It's quite annoying to have to wait like 5 minutes until the PC has
finished booting up.


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