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I'm getting the error "/var/run/gdm.pid" already running, but seems to have been murdered mysteriously" error in RH Linux 6.0.  The screen flickers over and over again, then I get that error and the whole thing repeats every 5 minutes.  I can't get into Xwindows.  The last time this happened, I simply logged in as root from the shell and deleted the gdm.pid file and rebooted.  Everything worked fine.  Well, I had to shutdown last week and when I started the computer, it happened again.  I tried to delete gdm.pid, but I still get the error at bootup.  I ftp'd from my other machine and deleted gdm.pid from there (have root priveledges with ftp) and the file appeared to be deleted.  However, upon rebooting, the same error came back.  Any ideas??
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by:modulus
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What does:
more /etc/rc.d/init.d/gpm
show you? Is there any line in there that includes the error message?
Do a
more /etc/rc.d/init.d/gpm | grep "murdered"
for a quick check and if something pops up then look through the file in more detail

Best wishes,
modulus
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friebele earned 80 total points
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This message occurs as a result of a problem with XFree86. Something in your configuration file is not set correctly. Try running XF86Setup, go through all parameters to make sure that they are correct, and save changes. If this does not help you may have to download a new version of XFree86. Best to download version 3.3.6 for rh6.0. Make sure you get the version for glibc2.0.
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by:GorGor1
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how do i run the xf86 setup from the shell?
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by:GorGor1
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Well, for no apparent reason, I was able to delete the gdm.pid file, reboot, then get it all to work again.  Strange.  I tried it 10 times before with not luck.  Where can I get XFree86 3.3.6 for RHLinux6.0?
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Thanks every1
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