Ubuntu :: Can't Start Desktop If User Wasn't Properly Logged Off - 10.04

Jul 14, 2010

10.04, clean installs, running Gnome or LXDE.

- a logged-on user wasn't properly logged off
- the system is restarted
- the same user attempts to log in


This seems repeatable, and happened on 2 different PCs.

When logged into Gnome as another user and trying to sudo a backup of the borked user's home before attempting a repair, a ".gvfs" file is reported "in use" and can't be copied.

It happened to me quite a few times, due to crash or more often power failure, or my sudo-errors. I now keep a few spare virgin sudo-enabled cloned accounts just in case one dies that way.

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I had just upgraded when after the first reboot I noticed that the black Ubuntu screen (with the little red/white dots) is actually white and buggy. It's unreadable and looks trashed.

After the first login, the desktop wasn't able to load properly, leaving me with a blinking, unresponsive icons and no menubars.

The only way to use the desktop environment is to choose Ubuntu Classic (both with and without effects) and Ubuntu Safe Mode.

I do have nvidia drivers installed (173).

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Desktop Environment: GNOME 2.20

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cd Downloads
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Ive been trying whole day tried to put my file.sh into /etc/init.d and ever created symbolic link to /etc/rc4.d etc..

BUT after I log into desktop nothing happens?

I am coming from ubntu there it was easy just add that script into startup applications.

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Also- somewhat unrelated to my first question- I recall when I first started Ubuntu-ing, if I wanted to shut down or reboot while another user was logged in, I'd need to enter my password- but it doesn't do that anymore. Two users can be logged in with multiple applications open, and if I reboot or shutdown, it just goes for it? (using 9.04, for now...)

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I haven't changed data inside Gconf, but I did have it open when I was installing a program, and then the console did show the message with the question marks for the first time (while processing some "trigger" post-install). I think the program I was installing was drapes (for changing desktop wallpapers in Gnome). Strangely Gnome did startup correctly afterwards for a couple of times (always showing the above-mentioned error). I have no idea what change made it suddenly stop working yesterday.

The differences in Gnome configuration between the working root and the unresponsive user account are, as far as I can tell from memory: changed theme (elegant-brit), wallpaper, fonts, globalmenu in the panel, installed - added to panel - uninstalled drapes.The rest is the same for the root account. I can still log in to the shell as the normal user, but "startx" leads to the disabled graphical interface. As I said, the graphical interface works well when I use the root shell. I can't access the internet from the user shell unfortunately (if I need to, I will figure out how to set up wlan in the shell).

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..but I'm the only user logged in!

$ who -a
system boot 2010-09-06 09:48
run-level 2 2010-09-06 09:48 last=


looks as though this is the culprit, but...

$ kill 5485
-bash: kill: (5485) - No such process

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