I've just installed Fedora 8 onto a USB 4GB key. Everything when great, I left it updating last night and then let it reboot this morning. When I did this however X didn't startup. On the console I just get
init: Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
So I go and take a look at the inittab file, and it's trying to execute
[root@duck ~]# grep ^x /etc/inittab
So I try this from a ssh session, I just get the prompt back.
After checking the file, I see it's a shell script so I try
sh -xv /etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon
and it starts no problem.
I try adding a
into the script to see where it fails ...
# Fallbacks, in order
exec gdm "$@" >/dev/null 2>&1 </dev/null
+ exec gdm -nodaemon
So it's trying to exec gdm.
Before I make any further changes to the script I copy it to /tmp and try things from there. It works no problem.
cp /etc/X11/prefdm /tmp
works with no problem
the exec fails.
hmmm I'm confused!