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Can't login with graphical on SCO Unix

By jdclyde ·
Running SCO OpenServer 5.0.6j

Switch to the F2 console to login on the grapical interface.

Type in user name and password.

Screen goes blank, then comes right back with same login screen with a small note under the password line "Please try again".

Does the same with root or as a user account.

Switched over to other consoles and login just fine.

Need this going as my coworker who "manages" user accounts is lost at a propmt.

Thanks for taking the time to look at this.

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by Jaqui In reply to Can't login with graphica ...

when logged in in runlevel 3 ( console )
can you start the graphics server?
( generally startx is the command )

you don't need to be into runlevel 5 to run the graphic interface, and any tty should be able to run it.

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by jdclyde In reply to

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Tried this, but it only goes blank, then comes right back to the prompt.

Do you know which log file would have the error codes for this?

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by jdclyde In reply to Can't login with graphica ...

Tried running startx from another concole as root.

Screen goes blank for a few seconds then comes right back to the prompt.

Would you know which log file to look at for error messages?

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by jdclyde In reply to Can't login with graphica ...

Point value changed by question poster.

If that isn't enough, just let me know.

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by Jaqui In reply to Can't login with graphica ...

error messages...
usually all logs are in /var/log/
also, you might be getting a .core in / when it doesn't run. ( maybe not as it's not an error in the app, but an error is system config somewhere )

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by Jaqui In reply to

if it's only console 2 that causes ths problem, why not use a different one for him?

then take the time to figure where the problem lies without the pressure of an admin that can't deal with konsole.

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by jdclyde In reply to

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They only know the graphical tool for adding/removing/modifying accounts and such.

Does not retain well, so I don't want to have to re-show this person how to do the steps from a prompt or the scoadmin.

The graphical is running, because I got the login prompt. Just doesn't take the login.

SCO unix does not have a /var/logs.

I have done a find for logs that I redirected to a file. I am now going over that list to try to find the correct log for logging in, and/or the graphical.

I have tried to launch the graphical from another console, but it doesn't work. (maybe because it is already running on F2?)

I will go through the logs and see what I can find. Will post what I find Monday.
I will try to kill the process running the graphical, and restart it. (system has been rebooted since this has stopped working)

Question, how do I respond without having to accept/deny? Does everytime we go back and forth have to be a new answer from you? Would think there would be the ability for feedback better than that.

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by Jaqui In reply to Can't login with graphica ...

I'm not that familiar with sco, so I'm working blind using general unix to try to figure it out.

if you comment on original question rather than response then you don't have to rate response. ~g~
then I can comment on answer rather than new answers.

console 2 is the only one where graphical interface doesn't function properly.
his login will work on other consoles for graphical interface? ( that's what the comments seemed to say )
if yes, then just use the console that will give him the graphic interface he needs.

but the error logs from the login /xserver fail are the best bet to find the cause without rebuilding entire system. ( not something I would even think of doing lightly on operational network )

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by jdclyde In reply to

These are all good ideas. I have been loaded up with other project now though so it will be a while before I can give this a shot.

A am sure I will find something in the log files.

SCO used to have a great site before the caldara buy out. You could find the answer to anything. Now it bites.

Thanks for the assist.

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