Solved

help help ....gdm freaking out

Posted on 2000-04-08
5
347 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
I have Red Hat Linux 6.0 and the power went out one day.  When Linux boots back up (tried rebooting a few times), the screen flickers for a couple minutes and i get the error:

"According to /var/run/gdm.pid, gdm was already running (21913), but seems to have been murdered mysteriously."
...same
...same
...same
"INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast:  disabled for 5 minutes."

Then after 5 minutes, the screen flickers again for a couple minutes and the whole process starts over again.  How do I fix the problem??  I had this happen once before and I fixed it by reformatting and reinstalling.  I really don't want to have to go through that again.  Thanks for any help!!

Tim
0
Comment
Question by:GorGor1
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:jyu_88
ID: 2697172
at LILO boot prompt, type 'linux single', to get in single mode. try to remove /var/run/gdm.pid. It seems to be a stale pid file after the power out.

Alternatively, you should be able to switch to a different console (to get to tty3, press ctrl-alt-F3, for example), then login as root, try to remove /var/run/gdm.pid. The flickering may continue between tty1 and tty7.

For more information, check /var/gdm looking for the error file.

After all fixed, buy yourself a decent UPC.


0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:GorGor1
ID: 2697981
Thanks my man...it worked.  All I had to do was delete the pid file.

By the way...a UPC to me means the bar code on the back of a product that you buy  :o)  What does UPC mean when talking about computers??
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:DVB
ID: 2698111
That should be UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply). Essentially a set of big batteries for your computer. (Highly oversimplified)
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:GorGor1
ID: 2698123
oh ok...gotcha...yep i agree i need one...thanks!!
0
 
LVL 3

Accepted Solution

by:
jyu_88 earned 50 total points
ID: 2698306
glad my comment worked for you. sorry for the misspelling.
UPC, UPS it sounds all familar, doesn't it?!
0

Featured Post

Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409

Veeam® is happy to provide the Microsoft community with a study guide prepared by MVP and MCT, Orin Thomas. This guide will take you through each of the exam objectives, helping you to prepare for and pass the examination.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Linux Hosting 16 73
awk sed 8 102
How to change the nameserver on Ubuntu Server 6 71
Certificate Request CentOS/Apache 1 16
Linux users are sometimes dumbfounded by the severe lack of documentation on a topic. Sometimes, the documentation is copious, but other times, you end up with some obscure "it varies depending on your distribution" over and over when searching for …
I. Introduction There's an interesting discussion going on now in an Experts Exchange Group — Attachments with no extension (http://www.experts-exchange.com/discussions/210281/Attachments-with-no-extension.html). This reminded me of questions tha…
Learn several ways to interact with files and get file information from the bash shell. ls lists the contents of a directory: Using the -a flag displays hidden files: Using the -l flag formats the output in a long list: The file command gives us mor…
This demo shows you how to set up the containerized NetScaler CPX with NetScaler Management and Analytics System in a non-routable Mesos/Marathon environment for use with Micro-Services applications.

680 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question