[SATLUG] Terminal problem

Othniel Graichen othniel at gmail.com
Mon Aug 9 20:56:19 CDT 2010

Well then, I was surprised.  But your test has determined that it is not
environment related.  But I'm here to tell you that neither is it bash.

There are a couple of bash initialization files:


Check the man page on bash for specifics under the Heading files.  I believe
it is at the end.  You could have something in there that is causing a login
failure.  In any one of the initialization scripts.  Also ensure that dash
installed properly if you are on Ubuntu.  As a test you could change your
login shell to test whether it is some part of your bash configuration.


On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 7:01 PM, John Hammer <jhammer at alamo.edu> wrote:

> On Mon, 2010-08-09 at 16:35 -0500, Othniel Graichen wrote:
> > I'd like you to do a test to help isolate the problem.
> >
> > Switch to Virtual Terminal 1, and login using your normal user name and
> > password.
> > Try a command.  Then logout.
> >
> > Switch back to Virtual Terminal 7.
> >
> > If you are able to do this your bash is fine and the problem is with
> > Xwindows.
> > I say that because you have already tested both the gnome and kde
> terminal
> > programs which both fail.  You might also want to test xterm.
> >
> > Let me know what you find.  To switch to a particular virtual terminal,
> hold
> >
> > down the ctrl and alt keys then press the desired Fn key like F1 or F7.
> >
> > Othniel
> >
> Thanks Othniel--
> After entering the username and password, several lines of information
> was written to the screen. Most of it was boilerplate type information,
> including the result of "uname -a", that Ubuntu comes with no warranty,
> and that ncpmount is not installed. Haven't used ncpfs in quite a long
> time. Then the login prompt was presented again. Never a chance to run a
> command or to logout.
> Perhaps reinstalling ncpfs is the solution. Will try tomorrow.
> John
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