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Old 09-30-2010, 02:58 PM
seanh
 
Default Can't login into Gnome after updates yersterday (10.04

Hey,

I booted up my computer today and found that I cannot log into the
Gnome or Failsafe Gnome desktop sessions. The computer boots fine, GDM
seems to work fine, but on logging in it just shows the GDM background
and nothing else, nothing happens. My desktop background doesn't
appear, panels don't appear, right-clicking and left-clicking does
nothing, etc. I see one notifier message that reads:

"The configuration defaults for Gnome Power Manager have not been
installed correctly."

That's all. I installed updates before shutting down yesterday, so I
suspect that might be the problem. I'm using Ubuntu 10.04.

I am able to login to an Openbox session. That works, although it
spits out the following error message about gconf:

"GConf error: Failed to contact configuration server; some possible
causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you
have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See
http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for information. (Details — 1: Could
not send message to GConf daemon: Message did not receive a reply
(timeout by message bus))"

Evidently some of the Gnome services that Openbox uses have failed to
start, for example all of the fonts and icons look wrong (normally
gnome-settings-daemon would handle those), and many applications
complain about loading their settings. For example, GVim says:

"An error occurred while loading or saving configuration information
for gvim. Some of your configuration settings may not work properly."

"Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that
you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS
locks due to a system crash. See http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for
information. (Details — 1: Could not send message to GConf daemon:
Message did not receive a reply (timeout by message bus))
Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that
you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS
locks due to a system crash. See http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for
information. (Details — 1: Could not send message to GConf daemon:
Message did not receive a reply (timeout by message bus))
Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that
you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS
locks due to a system crash. See http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for
information. (Details — 1: Could not send message to GConf daemon:
Message did not receive a reply (timeout by message bus))
Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that
you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS
locks due to a system crash. See http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for
information. (Details — 1: Could not send message to GConf daemon:
Message did not receive a reply (timeout by message bus))
Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that
you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS
locks due to a system crash. See http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for
information. (Details — 1: Could not send message to GConf daemon:
Message did not receive a reply (timeout by message bus))
Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that
you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS
locks due to a system crash. See http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for
information. (Details — 1: Could not send message to GConf daemon:
Message did not receive a reply (timeout by message bus))
Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that
you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS
locks due to a system crash. See http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for
information. (Details — 1: Could not send message to GConf daemon:
Message did not receive a reply (timeout by message bus))
Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that
you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS
locks due to a system crash. See http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for
information. (Details — 1: Could not send message to GConf daemon:
Message did not receive a reply (timeout by message bus))"

Can anyone give me a clue?

Thanks

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Old 09-30-2010, 04:15 PM
NoOp
 
Default Can't login into Gnome after updates yersterday (10.04

On 09/30/2010 07:58 AM, seanh wrote:
> Hey,
>
> I booted up my computer today and found that I cannot log into the
> Gnome or Failsafe Gnome desktop sessions. The computer boots fine, GDM
> seems to work fine, but on logging in it just shows the GDM background
> and nothing else, nothing happens. My desktop background doesn't
> appear, panels don't appear, right-clicking and left-clicking does
> nothing, etc. I see one notifier message that reads:
>
> "The configuration defaults for Gnome Power Manager have not been
> installed correctly."

Boot to recovery mode. Run the dpkg option. Continue to login to the tty
console & then:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install -f
$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

reboot & see if that clears things up.
...


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Old 09-30-2010, 05:24 PM
Rob
 
Default Can't login into Gnome after updates yersterday (10.04

On Thu, 2010-09-30 at 09:15 -0700, NoOp wrote:
> On 09/30/2010 07:58 AM, seanh wrote:
> > Hey,
> >
> > I booted up my computer today and found that I cannot log into the
> > Gnome or Failsafe Gnome desktop sessions. The computer boots fine, GDM
> > seems to work fine, but on logging in it just shows the GDM background
> > and nothing else, nothing happens. My desktop background doesn't
> > appear, panels don't appear, right-clicking and left-clicking does
> > nothing, etc. I see one notifier message that reads:
> >
> > "The configuration defaults for Gnome Power Manager have not been
> > installed correctly."
>
> Boot to recovery mode. Run the dpkg option. Continue to login to the tty
> console & then:
>
> $ sudo apt-get update
> $ sudo apt-get upgrade
> $ sudo apt-get install -f
> $ sudo dpkg --configure -a
> $ sudo apt-get update
> $ sudo apt-get upgrade
>
> reboot & see if that clears things up.

Just out of curiousity, how does one "boot to the recovery mode"?

(and then just type "dpkg" in a terminal?)

R


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Old 09-30-2010, 05:25 PM
seanh
 
Default Can't login into Gnome after updates yersterday (10.04

On 30 September 2010 17:15, NoOp <glgxg@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Boot to recovery mode. Run the dpkg option. Continue to login to the tty
> console & then:
>
> $ sudo apt-get update
> $ sudo apt-get upgrade
> $ sudo apt-get install -f
> $ sudo dpkg --configure -a
> $ sudo apt-get update
> $ sudo apt-get upgrade
>
> reboot & see if that clears things up.

Thanks NoOp. I did all that, but the problem hasn't cleared up. None
of those commands did anything, there were no more package updates to
get etc. Then after rebooting the problem remains.

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Old 09-30-2010, 07:10 PM
NoOp
 
Default Can't login into Gnome after updates yersterday (10.04

On 09/30/2010 10:24 AM, Rob wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-09-30 at 09:15 -0700, NoOp wrote:
>> On 09/30/2010 07:58 AM, seanh wrote:
>> > Hey,
>> >
>> > I booted up my computer today and found that I cannot log into the
>> > Gnome or Failsafe Gnome desktop sessions. The computer boots fine, GDM
>> > seems to work fine, but on logging in it just shows the GDM background
>> > and nothing else, nothing happens. My desktop background doesn't
>> > appear, panels don't appear, right-clicking and left-clicking does
>> > nothing, etc. I see one notifier message that reads:
>> >
>> > "The configuration defaults for Gnome Power Manager have not been
>> > installed correctly."
>>
>> Boot to recovery mode. Run the dpkg option. Continue to login to the tty
>> console & then:
>>
>> $ sudo apt-get update
>> $ sudo apt-get upgrade
>> $ sudo apt-get install -f
>> $ sudo dpkg --configure -a
>> $ sudo apt-get update
>> $ sudo apt-get upgrade
>>
>> reboot & see if that clears things up.
>
> Just out of curiousity, how does one "boot to the recovery mode"?
>
> (and then just type "dpkg" in a terminal?)

When the sytem starts to boot & you have dual OS's (ex: Ubuntu & Win)
you'll get a grub boot menu that will allow you to select the Recovery
mode. If you only have Ubuntu you may not get the menu at boot, so as
soon as it starts booting (after your bios prompts) press the ESC key &
you should then see your normal kernal and one below it with the
'Recovery' - use the arrow keys to select. That will boot into recovery
mode & you'll get a DOS type menu list. Again, use the arrow key and
select the DPKG.


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Old 09-30-2010, 07:21 PM
NoOp
 
Default Can't login into Gnome after updates yersterday (10.04

On 09/30/2010 10:25 AM, seanh wrote:
> On 30 September 2010 17:15, NoOp <glgxg@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> Boot to recovery mode. Run the dpkg option. Continue to login to the tty
>> console & then:
>>
>> $ sudo apt-get update
>> $ sudo apt-get upgrade
>> $ sudo apt-get install -f
>> $ sudo dpkg --configure -a
>> $ sudo apt-get update
>> $ sudo apt-get upgrade
>>
>> reboot & see if that clears things up.
>
> Thanks NoOp. I did all that, but the problem hasn't cleared up. None
> of those commands did anything, there were no more package updates to
> get etc. Then after rebooting the problem remains.
>

<quote>
"The configuration defaults for Gnome Power Manager have not been
installed correctly."
</quote>

gnome-power-manager always has give me fits on my desktop. You might try
purging & then reinstalling. Note that doing so will also remove the
ubuntu-desktop (no worries, you probably need to reload it anyway & you
can safely run without it. If you leave it uninstalled, remember to
reinstall prior to doing any version upgrade):

$ sudo apt-get -s purge gnome-power-manager
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer
required:
libicns1
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
gnome-power-manager* ubuntu-desktop*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Purg ubuntu-desktop [1.197]
Purg gnome-power-manager [2.30.0-0ubuntu1]

Note that I'm using the '-s' in the command to "simulate" the action -
remove it when you actually do it.

then:

$ sudo apt-get install gnome-power-manager ubuntu-desktop






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Old 09-30-2010, 08:01 PM
seanh
 
Default Can't login into Gnome after updates yersterday (10.04

On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 12:21:08PM -0700, NoOp wrote:
> gnome-power-manager always has give me fits on my desktop. You might try
> purging & then reinstalling. Note that doing so will also remove the
> ubuntu-desktop (no worries, you probably need to reload it anyway & you
> can safely run without it. If you leave it uninstalled, remember to
> reinstall prior to doing any version upgrade):
>
> $ sudo apt-get -s purge gnome-power-manager
> Reading package lists... Done
> Building dependency tree
> Reading state information... Done
> The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer
> required:
> libicns1
> Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
> The following packages will be REMOVED:
> gnome-power-manager* ubuntu-desktop*
> 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
> Purg ubuntu-desktop [1.197]
> Purg gnome-power-manager [2.30.0-0ubuntu1]
>
> Note that I'm using the '-s' in the command to "simulate" the action -
> remove it when you actually do it.
>
> then:
>
> $ sudo apt-get install gnome-power-manager ubuntu-desktop

Well, I think the problem may be with gconf or dbus or something, rather
than gnome-power-manager. g-p-m just can't load its settings, many other
apps (e.g. gvim, gnome-settings-daemon) are giving similar complaints
that they can't load their settings as well. Maybe I need to purge and
reinstall gconf and dbus?

The problem might not be with the packages, maybe my user's config files
are corrupt. When I get back in tomorrow I'm going to try logging in as
a different user and see what happens.

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Old 09-30-2010, 08:15 PM
NoOp
 
Default Can't login into Gnome after updates yersterday (10.04

On 09/30/2010 01:01 PM, seanh wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 12:21:08PM -0700, NoOp wrote:
...
>>
>> $ sudo apt-get install gnome-power-manager ubuntu-desktop
>
> Well, I think the problem may be with gconf or dbus or something, rather
> than gnome-power-manager. g-p-m just can't load its settings, many other
> apps (e.g. gvim, gnome-settings-daemon) are giving similar complaints
> that they can't load their settings as well. Maybe I need to purge and
> reinstall gconf and dbus?
>
> The problem might not be with the packages, maybe my user's config files
> are corrupt. When I get back in tomorrow I'm going to try logging in as
> a different user and see what happens.
>

That sounds to be the best option (another user). But that also begs a
question: are you doing this remotely?


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Old 10-01-2010, 04:17 PM
seanh
 
Default Can't login into Gnome after updates yersterday (10.04

> That sounds to be the best option (another user). But that also begs a
> question: are you doing this remotely?

No, I'm not doing it remotely, it's my computer at work that has the
problem and when I emailed you last night it was from home.

Ok, progress, I tried logging in as a different user and everything
was fine for that user. So the problem is with configuration files in
my homedir that are missing or corrupted, not with the packages
themselves. Now I need to find out which files are the problem. If I
can find them, I can probably just delete them and restart and fresh
files with default values will be created. But I don't know which
files I'm looking for...

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Old 10-01-2010, 05:18 PM
seanh
 
Default Can't login into Gnome after updates yersterday (10.04

On Fri, Oct 01, 2010 at 05:17:19PM +0100, seanh wrote:
> Ok, progress, I tried logging in as a different user and everything
> was fine for that user. So the problem is with configuration files in
> my homedir that are missing or corrupted, not with the packages
> themselves. Now I need to find out which files are the problem. If I
> can find them, I can probably just delete them and restart and fresh
> files with default values will be created. But I don't know which
> files I'm looking for...

I deleted a bunch of hidden directories in my home directory: .gnome2,
.gconf, .gconfd, .dbus, .cache and then rebooted and everything seems
fine now. Looks like some file got corrupted in one of those dirs. I
have a second hard drive that is larger, I may do a fresh install onto
that soon.

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