Re: Blank Screen, Gnome Config Problem?

I have tried the approach of renaming the .gconf and .gnome directories so that they would get recreated upon starting X the next time. The result was the same blank desktop. Another similar approach that was suggested was to create a new dummy user and copy the configuration files from that user. This caused more problems due to the references back to the dummy user, although I was able to rectify that. So I am back to my original problem, which essentially boils down to how do I restore my gnome desktop to its original status? I didn't have any customized workspace so I am not worried about losing anything like that. Any more suggestions folks?

----- Original Message ----- From: "Ryan McDougall" <NQG24419 nifty com>
To: "Jeff Boyce" <jboyce meridianenv com>
Cc: <gnome-list gnome org>
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2005 4:26 AM
Subject: Re: Blank Screen, Gnome Config Problem?

This isn't great advice, but you could try blasting any .dotfile
or .directory, especially .xinitrc. Make sure you back up any data
first, but there really shouldn't be any. Actually you probably
shouldn't even be using root in X, there's no need.


On Thu, 2005-07-04 at 14:10 -0700, Jeff Boyce wrote:
I am a relatively new, novice Linux user looking for assistance with a
problem that I am sure I created as a result of my inexperience.  I am
pretty good at diagnosing problems, but am not familiar with Linux enough to
know where to look.

System:  Dell PE2600, RHEL3, configured as file server with Samba

Problem:  A blank (i.e., black) desktop without any icons when starting X
manually as root user.  Can not open a file manager window.  Also a long
delay occurs (1-2 minutes) when logging out of X.

Events Leading Up to Problem: The only unique actions that occurred on the
system the previous day included the
installation of the NUT (network ups tools) software from source, and the
subsequent uninstallation of NUT. I had never installed from source before
and the installation went fine without errors.  There was not a *make
uninstall* for the program so I followed some instructions to review the
*makefile* to see where all the files where installed and delete the
files/directories manually.  The following directories were removed
(actually moved to Trash). The install and uninstall both occurred as the
root user.

/opt/NUT/nut-2.0.1    (contained the unzipped source files)

Diagnostic tests/actions tried: These problems do not occur when starting X
from a non-root user.  As suggested by someone I have checked the
permissions on the /root/.gconf directory (700) and they are the same as the permissions on a normal users directory /home/jeffb/.gconf directory (700)
that has a normal desktop.  I am unable to see if there are any error
messages sent to screen when X starts (a recommendation on how to capture
this information would be appreciated), but when X finally shuts down the
list below includes some of the information on the screen.  The AUDIT
statement is also listed in the /var/log/Xfree86.0.log file.

AUDIT: Thu Apr 7 09:00:58 2005: 2418 X: client 4 rejected from local host Option given which is no longer supported in this version of Gnome-terminal;
you might want to create a profile with the desired setting, and use the
new --window-with-profile option
Unable to open desktop file applications:
///Office/redhat-word-processor.desktop for panel launcher: Error reading
file 'applications:///office/redhat-word-processor.desktop' : file not found
Saving Session:
gnome-terminal --use-factory --window-with-profile-internal-ID=Default --show-member
 --role=gnome-terminal-14721 --1476088167-1090439518  --title
root bison:~ --working-directory /root --zoom 1
Waiting for X server to shut down

I would appreciate any suggestions on what to look for, where to look, other diagnostic steps, etc. that will assist me in returning my root user desktop
back to normal.  Could a solution be a simple as copying a set of
configuration files from a user that is working normally? If so what files?
Thanks for any assistance.

Jeff Boyce

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