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Rectifying Xsession boot up issue due to corrupt software installation

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By R Mohamed Razikh Ulla

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Posted: 8 Sep 2005

This Cool Solution is intended to provide information on rectifying the Xsession boot up issue.


The Xserver session gets corrupted, due to the installation of any software which registers itself to the Xserver startup script.

To identify the problem, notice that the following error message is displayed during login:

"Your Session is 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 the problem"

One possibility for this error coming up could be installation of software which is not meant for SUSE or Novell Linux Desktop distributions. For example, software like Yahoo messenger, when installed with the option to register at startup can result in this error.


Procedure to follow below:

  1. Login to your machine through any failsafe session
  2. Search in your home directory for .xinitrc file, then delete it.
  3. Logout of the current session, then login through normal X session.
All should be restored to working functionality.

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