starting x seems to have problems with my gnome session

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I have a brand new out the box 6.2 preinstalled from dell.  I went through minimal setup getting an ip but no hostname.  I started X expecting to see gnome and a graphical network setup.  But no gnome., not under Applications->System Tools or System->Preferences or System->Administration.  I remember it was in a pull down list (it's been 3 years since I did anything linux). Below is what I see on my tty when I startx.  What do I need to do to get gnome to run?  I'd like to setup my hostname with a tool rather than editing files.  That's a pretty simple thing now but later I might want to change something that has more impact...

 

xauth:  creating new authority file /home/patty/.serverauth.6964

X.Org X Server 1.10.4
Release Date: 2011-08-19
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: x86-004 2.6.18-274.3.1.el5
Current Operating System: Linux localhost.localdomain 2.6.32-220.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Wed Nov 9 08:03:13 EST 2011 x86_64
Kernel command line: ro root=/dev/mapper/VolGroup_ID_21696-LogVol1 rd_NO_LUKS  KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us LANG=en_US.UTF-8 ksdevice=link rd_LVM_LV=VolGroup_ID_21696/LogVol0 rd_LVM_LV=VolGroup_ID_21696/LogVol1 rd_NO_MD rhgb quiet SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 rd_NO_DM
Build Date: 20 October 2011  12:03:36PM
Build ID: xorg-x11-server 1.10.4-6.el6
Current version of pixman: 0.18.4
    Before reporting problems, check https://www.redhat.com/apps/support/
    to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
    (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
    (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Thu Nov  1 09:26:07 2012
(==) Using default built-in configuration (30 lines)
(EE) open /dev/fb0: No such device
(EE) MGA(0): Static buffer allocation failed, not initializing the DRI
(EE) MGA(0): Need at least 15360 kB video memory at this resolution, bit depth
expected keysym, got XF86TouchpadOn: line 120 of inet
expected keysym, got XF86TouchpadOff: line 121 of inet
expected keysym, got XF86TouchpadOn: line 120 of inet
expected keysym, got XF86TouchpadOff: line 121 of inet
GNOME_KEYRING_SOCKET=/tmp/keyring-HqPzQ7/socket
SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/keyring-HqPzQ7/socket.ssh
GNOME_KEYRING_PID=7073

(polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1:7125): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: cannot register existing type `_PolkitError'

(polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1:7125): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_once_init_leave: assertion `initialization_value != 0' failed
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
Failed to play sound: File or data not found
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
Initializing nautilus-gdu extension
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
** Message: NumLock remembering disabled because hostname is set to "localhost"
Window manager warning: Received a _NET_WM_MOVERESIZE message for 0x120022b (DATA); these messages lack timestamps and therefore suck.
/usr/sbin/subscription-manager-gui:29: DeprecationWarning: The dbus_bindings module is not public API and will go away soon.

Most uses of dbus_bindings are applications catching the exception
dbus.dbus_bindings.DBusException. You should use dbus.DBusException
instead (this is compatible with all dbus-python versions since 0.40.2).

If you need additional public API, please contact the maintainers via
<dbus@lists.freedesktop.org>.

  import dbus.dbus_bindings

(subscription-manager-gui:7518): libglade-WARNING **: Unexpected element <property> inside <widget>.
 

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Hi Jessie,

  If your machine is registered to RHN, you could do the following:

# yum groupinstall "Desktop"

** note the capitol "D"

 

That will install the following packages as well as any dependancies needed:

 

Group: Desktop

Description: A minimal desktop that can also be used as a thin client.

Mandatory Packages:

NetworkManager

NetworkManager-gnome

alsa-plugins-pulseaudio

at-spi

control-center

dbus

gdm

gdm-user-switch-applet

gnome-panel

gnome-power-manager

gnome-screensaver

gnome-session

gnome-terminal

gvfs-archive

gvfs-fuse

gvfs-smb

metacity

nautilus

notification-daemon

polkit-gnome

xdg-user-dirs-gtk

yelp

 

Default Packages:

control-center-extra

eog

gdm-plugin-fingerprint

gnome-applets

gnome-media

gnome-packagekit

gnome-vfs2-smb

gok

openssh-askpass

orca

pulseaudio-module-gconf

pulseaudio-module-x11

rhn-setup-gnome

subscription-manager-gnome

vino

Optional Packages:

sabayon-apply

tigervnc-server

xguest

 

I would probably exit X, install the group, then type # init 5  and that should take you to the GDM login.  I dont have a box with gnome on it in front of me to verify, but if memory serves, you could change the hostname from within NetworkManager (double click the icon by the clock)  or System>administration has a launcher i believe.

 

There have been alot of changes in 3 years, please ask away, thats what we are here for.

 

Thanks again!

 

Jim Lyle, RHCE

Technical Account Manager(TAM)

Here's what I ran

# yum groupinstall Desktop | tee -a /tmp/DesktopOUT 

and here's what I got:

Loaded plugins: product-id, refresh-packagekit, security, subscription-manager
Updating certificate-based repositories.
Setting up Group Process
No packages in any requested group available to install or update
 

and when I look up at the task bar/application panel (or whatever it's called), there is no NetworkManager, just a SubscriptionManager, Volumn, clock/date and jessie (or root if I startx as root).

Under System->administration I have:

Add/Remove Software

Authentication

Date & Time

Firewall

Kernel Crash Dump

Language

Red Hat Subscription Manager

RHN Registration

Services

Software Update

Users & Groups

Just thought I'd comment that I ran rhnreg_ks and then I was able to run

yum groupinstall Destop.  Now when I login, I do have a Network Manager at least.  Should I be seeing something that says gnome in the pull down lists?

Hi Jessie,

 

If you click along the top, system>about this computer>system tab>  it will tell you the release, kernel and desktop information.

 

Please let me know if this helps.

 

Thanks!

 

Jim

I still don't think I have a gnome session launched that I can log into.  I don't see gnome in any pull down.  Won't there be some foot type icon if I'm really seeing gnome stuff?

 

About says

Release 6.2 (Santiago)

Kernel Linux 2.6.32-220.e16.x86_64

GNOME 2.28.2

 

ps -ef|grep gnome shows

root      3351  3320  0 12:42 ?        00:00:00 /usr/libexec/gdm-simple-slave --display-id /org/gnome/DisplayManager/Display1
patty     3442     1  0 12:42 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon --daemonize --login
patty     3451  3435  0 12:42 ?        00:00:00 gnome-session
patty     3550     1  0 12:42 ?        00:00:00 /usr/libexec/gnome-settings-daemon
patty     3573  3451  0 12:42 ?        00:00:01 gnome-panel
patty     3622  3451  0 12:42 ?        00:00:00 gnome-power-manager
patty     3630  3451  0 12:42 ?        00:00:00 gnome-volume-control-applet
patty     3750  3451  0 12:42 ?        00:00:00 /usr/libexec/polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1
patty     3795     1  0 12:42 ?        00:00:01 gnome-screensaver
patty     3983     1  0 12:43 ?        00:00:01 gnome-terminal
patty     3984  3983  0 12:43 ?        00:00:00 gnome-pty-helper
root      4789  4190  0 15:13 pts/0    00:00:00 grep gnome
 

 

rpm -qa|grep gnome shows

gnome-disk-utility-2.30.1-2.el6.x86_64
gnome-system-monitor-2.28.0-9.el6.x86_64
gnome-settings-daemon-2.28.2-20.el6.x86_64
gnome-screensaver-2.28.3-18.el6_3.1.x86_64
gnome-menus-2.28.0-4.el6.x86_64
gnome-panel-libs-2.30.2-14.el6.x86_64
gnome-desktop-2.28.2-8.el6.x86_64
gnome-python2-applet-2.28.0-4.el6.x86_64
gnome-media-libs-2.29.91-6.el6.x86_64
system-gnome-theme-60.0.2-1.el6.noarch
gnome-applets-2.28.0-7.el6.x86_64
gnome-python2-bonobo-2.28.0-3.el6.x86_64
gnome-disk-utility-ui-libs-2.30.1-2.el6.x86_64
libgail-gnome-1.20.1-4.1.el6.x86_64
gnome-python2-canvas-2.28.0-3.el6.x86_64
gnome-python2-gconf-2.28.0-3.el6.x86_64
gnome-keyring-pam-2.28.2-6.el6.x86_64
gnome-media-2.29.91-6.el6.x86_64
libopenraw-gnome-0.0.5-4.1.el6.x86_64
gnome-doc-utils-stylesheets-0.18.1-1.el6.noarch
gnome-disk-utility-libs-2.30.1-2.el6.x86_64
libgnome-2.28.0-11.el6.x86_64
gnome-python2-gnomevfs-2.28.0-3.el6.x86_64
gnome-session-xsession-2.28.0-18.el6.x86_64
gnome-backgrounds-2.28.0-2.el6.noarch
gnome-vfs2-smb-2.24.2-6.el6.x86_64
gnome-power-manager-2.28.3-6.el6_2.x86_64
gnome-python2-2.28.0-3.el6.x86_64
gnome-python2-desktop-2.28.0-4.el6.x86_64
gnome-bluetooth-libs-2.28.6-8.el6.x86_64
libgnomekbd-2.28.2-2.el6.x86_64
gnome-speech-0.4.25-3.1.el6.x86_64
gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-20.el6.x86_64
gnome-mag-0.15.9-2.el6.x86_64
gnome-themes-2.28.1-6.el6.noarch
gnome-python2-libwnck-2.28.0-4.el6.x86_64
gnome-user-docs-2.28.0-4.el6.noarch
gnome-vfs2-2.24.2-6.el6.x86_64
libgnomeui-2.24.1-4.el6.x86_64
gnome-session-2.28.0-18.el6.x86_64
gnome-terminal-2.31.3-7.el6.x86_64
compiz-gnome-0.8.2-24.el6.x86_64
gnome-user-share-2.28.2-3.el6.x86_64
subscription-manager-gnome-0.99.19.4-1.el6_3.x86_64
gnome-packagekit-2.28.3-4.el6_3.x86_64
libgnomecanvas-2.26.0-4.el6.x86_64
gnome-utils-libs-2.28.1-10.el6.x86_64
rhn-setup-gnome-1.0.0-87.el6.noarch
gnome-bluetooth-2.28.6-8.el6.x86_64
gnome-keyring-2.28.2-6.el6.x86_64
gnome-icon-theme-2.28.0-2.el6.noarch
polkit-gnome-0.96-3.el6.x86_64

gnome-panel-2.30.2-14.el6.x86_64