|Summary:||X and xdm won't start if /root is full|
|Product:||[Retired] Red Hat Linux||Reporter:||whampton|
|Component:||XFree86||Assignee:||David Lawrence <dkl>|
|Status:||CLOSED DEFERRED||QA Contact:|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
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|Last Closed:||1999-05-29 14:08:01 UTC||Type:||---|
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Description whampton 1999-05-28 14:48:26 UTC
If /root is full, xdm tries to spawn the X server several times for a minute or so, then dies dumping you into the login prompt. There is no message that the /root partition is full. XFS won't start as well. In this failure mode, for newbies, there SHOULD be a message or indication of the problem, and it should not take a minute or so while the X server blinks and tries to startup. I have duplicated this on both of my Toshiba Tecra 8000 laptops (neomagic driver).
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-05-29 14:08:59 UTC
This is a linux (or even a unix) problem rather than an XFree86 problem. A fix to avoid the problem in the future is to partition your disk so that root almost never runs out of space -- this usually means putting /tmp, /var, and /usr on other partitions.
Comment 2 werner.brockhoven 1999-10-06 09:47:59 UTC
Yeah still ... I've had the problem. And only after 2 reinstalls I noticed that the root was full. I agree that their should be some sort of messages about this.