On RHEL 5, Gnome Desktop fails to load, falls back to failsafe desktop

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  • Gnome Desktop fails to load on GUI login. An error message is displayed, which says:

Your session only lasted less than 10 seconds. If you have not logged out yourself. This could mean that there is some installation problem or that you may be out of diskspace. Try logging in with one of the failsafe sessions to see if you can fix this problem

  • A failsafe desktop is then loaded.
  • Why won't my graphical interface start up?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Gnome Desktop
  • runlevel 5

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