gnome session does not start anymore

Marius Gedminas marius at
Sat Jan 6 14:32:12 UTC 2007

On Sat, Jan 06, 2007 at 02:40:36PM +0100, Marco Mandl wrote:
> suddenly the gnome session does not start anymore. I can't find out what's
> the problem. A few seconds after login I get an error and .xsession-error
> only shows:
> /etc/gdm/PreSession/Default: Registering your session with wtmp and utmp
> /etc/gdm/PreSession/Default: running: /usr/X11R6/bin/sessreg -a -w /var/log/wtmp
>  -u /var/run/utmp -x "/var/lib/gdm/:0.Xservers" -h "" -l ":0" "mick"
> /etc/gdm/Xsession: Beginning session setup...
> The Gnome Failsafe Session works but I get the following popup:
> There was an error starting the GNOME Settings Daemon.
> Some things, such as themes, sounds, or background settings may not work correctly.
> The last error message was:
> Unable to determine the address of the message bus (try 'man dbus-launch' and 'man dbus-daemon' for help)
> GNOME will still try to restart the Settings Daemon next time you log in.
> Please help me. I am completely lost. Already crazy thought are capturing
> my mind, like switching back to Windows.

Did you try rebooting?

There was a dbus security upgrade recently.  If you've installed it,
didn't reboot, but instead logged out and now cannot log back in, that
could be why.

Marius Gedminas
Those parts of the system that you can hit with a hammer (not advised)
are called hardware; those program instructions that you can only curse
at are called software.
                -- Levitating Trains and Kamikaze Genes: Technological
                   Literacy for the 1990's.
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