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Whats up everyone, I hit a problem I've never encountered before. I ran startx and the initialization keeps hanging at "session proxy manager". I can get out of X (ctrl-alt-bksp). ...
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    gnome startup problems


    Whats up everyone,

    I hit a problem I've never encountered before. I ran startx and the initialization keeps hanging at "session proxy manager". I can get out of X (ctrl-alt-bksp). When I'm back in the shell I see this error:

    gnome-smproxy: unable to connect to session manager
    GetModeLine - scrn: 0 clock: 108000
    GetModeLine - hdsp: 1280 hbeg: 1328 hend: 1440 httl: 1688
    vdsp: 1024 vbeg: 1025 vend: 1028: vttl: 1066 flags: 5

    Window manager warning: failed to open a connection to a session manager, so window positions will not be saved: Authentication Rejected, reason: none of the authentication protocols specified are supported and host-based authentication failed most likely the X server was shut down or you killed/destroyed the application

    xinit: connection to X server lost

    waiting for X server to shutdown window manager warning: lost connection to the display ':0.0'; most likely the X server was shut down or you killed/destroyed the window manager.
    I tried reinstalling gnome, but to no avail, which tells me its probably something with xfree86.

    Any help in getting this back to normal would be much appreciated.

    coshea

    P.S.
    quick breakdown of software versions you might need to know

    OS - slackware 9.0 kernel v. 2.4.20
    XFree86 v. 4.3.0
    Dropline-gnome v. 2.4.1

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    I really don't think that it has with XFree86 to do, since the session manager depends very much on the desktop environment. It's probably either something with GNOME, or with the ICE libs. Do you have your home directories on a SMB share or something?

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    no, my home dir is not an smb share, although /home is mounted on its own partition, but /home and / both use the same FS, and has never been a cause of problems before.

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    I just tried to run startx as root, just to test it, and it works

    figured that information may come in handy.

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    Check if you have any stale ICE lock files:
    Code:
    ls ~/.ICEauthority*

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    Code:
    $ ls ~/.ICEauthority*
    /home/coshea/.ICEauthority
    $ cat ~/.ICEauthority
    $

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    Hmmm, so that's not it. If you run the following command, you should get an X server with only an xterm in it:
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    xinit /usr/X11R6/bin/xterm
    When it is running, run "gnome-session" in that xterm and see what happens.

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    i found a fix, although im not sure how good of a fix it is.

    i noticed that i didn't have a .xinitrc (im not sure if there was one there prior to this problem's arising), so i did the following:

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     cp /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.gnome ~/.xinitrc
    it seems to work, but i'm wondering if this solution is the best one.

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    That shouldn't have made any difference, except if the standard xinitrc didn't try to start GNOME, but actually something completely different.

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