Mint 14 - failing to start up

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Mint 14 - failing to start up

Postby kkwak on Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:12 pm

Hello, a newbie here...

Been using mint for a month or so without problems. I just installed/uninstalled then apt-get installed the iphone connection libraries and after that everything went tits up..

I rebooted and logged in to a nice message stating that it logged off within 10 secs and told me to check the .xsession-errors file. (Listed below)
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/etc/mdm/Xsession: Beginning session setup...
localuser:kkwak being added to access control list
Setting IM through im-switch for locale=en_GB.
Start IM through /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/all_ALL linked to /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/default.
Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service
Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service
Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service
Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service
/usr/bin/gnome-session-cinnamon: 2: exec: gnome-session: not found


I tried going in to recovery mode and every option hangs at "fsck" (I've run this on the LiveCD run against the drive /dev/sda4 or something like that.. and it comes back fine..)

Would someone explain what's going on? Again, I'm a newbie coming from windows so please be kind.
(I just liveCD'ed and mounted my disk and saved off my files, so I feel a bit better now! Worst case is that I'd just rebuild and start over..)

Thank you all...
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Re: Mint 14 - failing to start up

Postby kkwak on Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:35 am

Lots of searching and reinstalling packages, but in the end, it was just cinnamon that was broken.

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sudo apt-get purge cinnamon
sudo apt-get install cinnamon


Along the way, I learned the following, which I hope helps any other newbies..

Ctrl-Alt-F2 --> drops to command line
Ctrl-Alt-F7 --> goes back to the gui

dpkg --get-selections | less --> shows all the packages installed on the machine
sudo dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq (package name) --> without the parens of course, for the package name

sudo apt-add-repository --> you can remove sources with --remove
cat /etc/apt/sources.list ---> list sources
cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d ---> list ppa sources (think this was a folder..)

anyway.. still learning
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Re: Mint 14 - failing to start up

Postby viking777 on Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:59 am

Well done :D

The difficult part now is remembering it for next time (as well as the thousand other things you have discovered in between times). Start a file called 'Linux notes' or something like that and put your discoveries in there. Make sure it is searchable because it is going to grow very large!
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