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neo.patrix
July 13th, 2009, 06:58 PM
Hi all,

I really need help with some strange problem

My laptop starts normally, I CAN login into my default GNOME desktop through GDM. But my GNOME does not seem to startup properly. It gets hanged on Blank Screen with a mouse pointer. Same is true with KDE, but it shows desktop background and Splash Screen with all startup icons.

I am able to login to "Failsafe GNOME" , but it works normally only seemingly. On logging in , it gives me error message for .ICEAuthority overwrite. After logging , some of the applications I start with error messages

Eg : Nautilus, Evolution gives some GConf nonsense

I am not able to edit my documents with OpneOffice, again something to do with Failsafe hopefully

So, basic problem is nice blank screen with GNOME desktop, I am blank as well since I DID NOT play around with system graphics like driver or xorg.cong or Compiz. It was just a simple restart since my notebook was on for about 3 days.

Please SOS, I don't like Blank screen, I would prefer if screams some error messages.

philinux
July 13th, 2009, 07:03 PM
If you can open a terminal use this.


chown yourusername ~/.ICEauthority

Please post back with any message terminal gives you.

neo.patrix
July 13th, 2009, 07:41 PM
Actually I would not play with chown untill necessary .ICEauthority might be safegaurd when using Falisafe GNOME. I am not very sure.

Anyway update on error, It might get a bit scary



E: core-util.c: Failed to symlink /home/patrix/.pulse/c994bd3a85aa1130a206c9f849e4a93c:runtime.tmp to /tmp/pulse-coqtR6wfb0EC: No space left on device
E: core-util.c: Failed to symlink /home/patrix/.pulse/c994bd3a85aa1130a206c9f849e4a93c:runtime.tmp: No space left on device


Now this does not look very nice, also. I had to check few other things. but first my disk configuration



Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 6 48163+ de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 * 7 1642 13141170 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 1643 3626 15936480 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 3627 14593 88092427+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 3627 8645 40315086 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 8646 12214 28667961 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 12215 14354 17189518+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 14355 14593 1919736 82 Linux swap / Solaris


(Ya, it is bit... well... nvm)

Now my /home is /dev/sda6 & /dev/sda7 mounted as /usr

On checking with system monitor I get /home 69% filled. The partition is 26.8GB, it shows me 17.8GB used 9.1GB Free, 7.7 GB Available.

Now when I check , with Nautilus for my home folder /home/patrix "CTRL+H", "CTRL+A", right-click properties it get 3.7GB as file size. I am the only user, so /home contains 3 folders patrix, lost+found & recycled(since I mount this partition is Windows XP using Ext2Fsd)

Any file operation that I try to perform gives me error like "No Space left on device", which I know is not true.

1) Should I panic?

2) Is my hard-disk going to evaporate?

It seems that GNOME & KDE desktop startup problem might just be symptom.

measekite
July 13th, 2009, 07:45 PM
If you can open a terminal use this.


chown yourusername ~/.ICEauthority Please post back with any message terminal gives you.

Just curious as to what .ICEauthority is and does.

philinux
July 13th, 2009, 07:51 PM
Actually I would not play with chown untill necessary .ICEauthority might be safegaurd when using Falisafe GNOME. I am not very sure.

Anyway update on error, It might get a bit scary



Now this does not look very nice, also. I had to check few other things. but first my disk configuration



Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 6 48163+ de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 * 7 1642 13141170 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 1643 3626 15936480 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 3627 14593 88092427+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 3627 8645 40315086 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 8646 12214 28667961 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 12215 14354 17189518+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 14355 14593 1919736 82 Linux swap / Solaris


(Ya, it is bit... well... nvm)

Now my /home is /dev/sda6 & /dev/sda7 mounted as /usr

On checking with system monitor I get /home 69% filled. The partition is 26.8GB, it shows me 17.8GB used 9.1GB Free, 7.7 GB Available.

Now when I check , with Nautilus for my home folder /home/patrix "CTRL+H", "CTRL+A", right-click properties it get 3.7GB as file size. I am the only user, so /home contains 3 folders patrix, lost+found & recycled(since I mount this partition is Windows XP using Ext2Fsd)

Any file operation that I try to perform gives me error like "No Space left on device", which I know is not true.

1) Should I panic?

2) Is my hard-disk going to evaporate?

It seems that GNOME & KDE desktop startup problem might just be symptom.


Ah ok. Well in that case what does this output.


df -h

If it shows / as full then see this.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RecoverLostDiskSpace

neo.patrix
July 13th, 2009, 08:06 PM
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda3 15G 1.1G 14G 8% /
tmpfs 1007M 0 1007M 0% /lib/init/rw
varrun 1007M 124K 1007M 1% /var/run
varlock 1007M 0 1007M 0% /var/lock
udev 1007M 160K 1007M 1% /dev
tmpfs 1007M 48K 1007M 1% /dev/shm
lrm 1007M 2.2M 1005M 1% /lib/modules/2.6.28-13-generic/volatile
/dev/sda6 27G 18G 7.8G 70% /home
/dev/sda7 17G 5.7G 9.7G 37% /usr
/dev/sr0 699M 699M 0 100% /media/cdrom0


Nope / is not full, in-fact it will not get full untill Ubuntu 500.10 :lolflag: (by that time, atleast my laptop would be long dead, if I survive somehow), actually it has long awaited repartition process, which I never did.

Still why my /home has 18G used where as Nautilus shows only 3.7GB used?

philinux
July 14th, 2009, 10:33 AM
In post #2 chown was rejected.

Here's a screenshot of my ICEauthority permissions. Check yours are the same.

neo.patrix
July 14th, 2009, 08:17 PM
Thanx philinux

GNOME or ICEauthority , does not seem to be THE problem. consider these thread closed atm, I am going to make new thread.