[SATLUG] Terminal problem

John Hammer jhammer at alamo.edu
Wed Aug 11 16:20:39 CDT 2010


Thanks, Othniel, for your help.

The situation has resolved itself apparently. After waiting two days to
get back to the problem and changing nothing on my machine, at least by
my hand, terminal is accessible.

Thanks again for your help.

John

On Mon, 2010-08-09 at 20:56 -0500, Othniel Graichen wrote:
> Well then, I was surprised.  But your test has determined that it is not
> Xwindows
> environment related.  But I'm here to tell you that neither is it bash.
> 
> There are a couple of bash initialization files:
> 
> /etc/bashrc
> ~/.bash_profile
> 
> 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
> is
> 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.
> 
> Othniel
> 
> 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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