Fedora Core 2 Gnome wierdness...

Fedora Core 2 Gnome wierdness...

Post by Tony Mille » Tue, 20 Jul 2004 22:40:03


A few days ago, one of my user accounts started locking up when Gnome was
started. It would sit at the "Fedora Core 2" screen until I crtl-alt-f12
and ctrl-alt-del.

All of the other accounts worked.

I backed up my user directory, and I userdel'ed the account with the -r
option and then re-created the account.

Now it is telling me that it can't read from or write to gnome_segv. It
is ONLY for this account.

Is there something that it leaving around that is screwing this up? I
thought userdel ought to get rid of all the associated dreck that is in
the account (after all, this is not supposed to behave like Windows!).

I created a brand new account (with a different username) and am moving
some of the files into it and I'm slowly getting completely operational
again, but I'm wondering what screwed up, and how I might go about fixing
it.

-Tony

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Fedora Core 2 Gnome wierdness...

Post by John Braml » Wed, 21 Jul 2004 19:04:57


Probably the directory /tmp/gconfd-<username> which will be ***
around from before you deleted the user. The owning user of that
directory is no longer the recreated user (the user-id number will have
changed). Delete that directory and any others related to the user in
/tmp (e.g. mapping-<username>)

> I thought userdel ought to get rid of all the associated dreck that is
> in the account (after all, this is not supposed to behave like
> Windows!).

It is annoying that Gnome uses a file/directory like this, rather than
creating filename upon each login unique to that session (e.g. by adding
a unique string to the end of the directory name). Why did they do this?

John.

 
 
 

Fedora Core 2 Gnome wierdness...

Post by Tony Mille » Thu, 22 Jul 2004 23:00:03

On Tue, 20 Jul 2004 11:04:57 +0100, John Bramley



You're the man! I went to /tmp/ and deleted *<username>*, useradd
<username>, passwd <username> and everything appears to be working
appropriately. Now I'll start moving directories in from the backup
(it'll help me do some house cleaning on *** that's built up over the
past couple of years).


One would think that userdel would take care of the assorted cleanup in
/etc/ and /tmp/ WRT to X and Gnome. Oh well, all's well that ends well.
Thanks for the help.


-Tony

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