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#1 2010-12-10 21:02:44

roderick
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Registered: 2010-12-10
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[SOLVED] My desktop keeps randomly crashing

I saved all of the relevant log files with every message that was sent around the time of the last crash. Crashes seem to happen most often when I'm in the terminal. I'll be typing something, then suddenly, I get kicked back to the  console login screen, and gdm promptly restarts and sends me to the GUI version of the login screen. I've tried googling the error messages to troubleshoot the problem, but the furthest I've gotten was a post from another distro's forum saying that there was a bug in the kernel that was fixed. Even then, that guy would only crash when he pressed the enter key. I have no idea what's causing this.

My machine is a Dell Vostro 1500 laptop. Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, 4 gb ram, with an nVidia GeForce 8600M 256 mb graphics card.

Here are the log outputs:

everything.log

Nov 30 20:34:14 Roderick-Linux gdm-simple-greeter[19711]: Gtk-WARNING: gtkwidget.c:5628: widget not within a GtkWindow
Nov 30 20:34:14 Roderick-Linux gdm-simple-greeter[19711]: WARNING: Unable to read from file /etc/arch-release
Nov 30 20:34:17 Roderick-Linux gdm-simple-greeter[19711]: WARNING: Failed to send buffer

errors.log

Nov 30 20:34:10 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_tally(login:auth): pam_get_uid; no such user
Nov 30 20:34:25 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_mail(login:session): cannot determine username


auth.log


Nov 30 20:34:08 Roderick-Linux polkitd(authority=local): Unregistered Authentication Agent for session /org/freedesktop/ConsoleKit/Session1 (system bus name :1.16, object path /org/gnome/PolicyKit1/AuthenticationAgent, locale en_US.UTF-8) (disconnected from bus)
Nov 30 20:34:08 Roderick-Linux gnome-keyring-daemon[2417]: dbus failure unregistering from session: Connection is closed
Nov 30 20:34:08 Roderick-Linux gnome-keyring-daemon[2417]: dbus failure unregistering from session: Connection is closed
Nov 30 20:34:08 Roderick-Linux polkitd(authority=local): Unregistered Authentication Agent for session /org/freedesktop/ConsoleKit/Session2 (system bus name :1.27, object path /org/gnome/PolicyKit1/AuthenticationAgent, locale en_US.utf8) (disconnected from bus)
Nov 30 20:34:08 Roderick-Linux gdm-session-worker[2177]: pam_unix(gdm:session): session closed for user roderick
Nov 30 20:34:10 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_unix(login:auth): auth could not identify password for [. 9. &45.1!"2%55HO*%1$*]
Nov 30 20:34:10 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_tally(login:auth): pam_get_uid; no such user
Nov 30 20:34:12 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: FAILED LOGIN (1) on '/dev/tty2' FOR 'UNKNOWN', Authentication information cannot be recovered
Nov 30 20:34:12 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_securetty(login:auth): unexpected response from failed conversation function
Nov 30 20:34:12 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_securetty(login:auth): cannot determine username
Nov 30 20:34:12 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_nologin(login:auth): cannot determine username
Nov 30 20:34:14 Roderick-Linux polkitd(authority=local): Registered Authentication Agent for session /org/freedesktop/ConsoleKit/Session3 (system bus name :1.47 [/usr/lib/polkit-gnome/polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1], object path /org/gnome/PolicyKit1/AuthenticationAgent, locale en_US.UTF-8)
Nov 30 20:34:15 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: FAILED LOGIN (2) on '/dev/tty2' FOR 'UNKNOWN', Error in service module
Nov 30 20:34:15 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_securetty(login:auth): unexpected response from failed conversation function
Nov 30 20:34:15 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_securetty(login:auth): cannot determine username
Nov 30 20:34:15 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_nologin(login:auth): cannot determine username
Nov 30 20:34:17 Roderick-Linux gdm-session-worker[19714]: pam_unix(gdm:session): session opened for user roderick by (uid=0)
Nov 30 20:34:18 Roderick-Linux polkitd(authority=local): Registered Authentication Agent for session /org/freedesktop/ConsoleKit/Session4 (system bus name :1.56 [/usr/lib/polkit-gnome/polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1], object path /org/gnome/PolicyKit1/AuthenticationAgent, locale en_US.utf8)
Nov 30 20:34:19 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: FAILED LOGIN (3) on '/dev/tty2' FOR 'UNKNOWN', Error in service module
Nov 30 20:34:19 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_securetty(login:auth): unexpected response from failed conversation function
Nov 30 20:34:19 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_securetty(login:auth): cannot determine username
Nov 30 20:34:19 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_nologin(login:auth): cannot determine username
Nov 30 20:34:22 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: FAILED LOGIN (4) on '/dev/tty2' FOR 'UNKNOWN', Error in service module
Nov 30 20:34:22 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_securetty(login:auth): unexpected response from failed conversation function
Nov 30 20:34:22 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_securetty(login:auth): cannot determine username
Nov 30 20:34:22 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_nologin(login:auth): cannot determine username
Nov 30 20:34:25 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: FAILED LOGIN (5) on '/dev/tty2' FOR 'UNKNOWN', Error in service module
Nov 30 20:34:25 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: TOO MANY LOGIN TRIES (5) on '/dev/tty2' FOR 'UNKNOWN'
Nov 30 20:34:25 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_unix(login:session): close_session - error recovering username
Nov 30 20:34:25 Roderick-Linux login[7141]: pam_mail(login:session): cannot determine username
Nov 30 20:34:49 Roderick-Linux sudo: roderick : TTY=pts/0 ; PWD=/home/roderick ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/usr/bin/nautilus
Nov 30 20:34:49 Roderick-Linux sudo: pam_unix(sudo:session): session opened for user root by roderick(uid=0)
Nov 30 20:34:49 Roderick-Linux sudo: pam_unix(sudo:session): session closed for user root


gdm/:0-greeter.log

** (<unknown>:19692): DEBUG: Client registered with session manager: /org/gnome/SessionManager/Client1
Window manager warning: Failed to read saved session file /var/lib/gdm/.config/metacity/sessions/10ee3ead47466c9cfb129116725396609400000196880002.ms: Failed to open file '/var/lib/gdm/.config/metacity/sessions/10ee3ead47466c9cfb129116725396609400000196880002.ms': No such file or directory
** (process:19711): DEBUG: Greeter session pid=19711 display=:0.0 xauthority=/var/run/gdm/auth-for-gdm-jqn5ZN/database

(polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1:19712): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: cannot register existing type `_PolkitError'

(polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1:19712): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_once_init_leave: assertion `initialization_value != 0' failed
gdm-simple-greeter[19711]: Gtk-WARNING: gtkwidget.c:5628: widget not within a GtkWindow
gdm-simple-greeter[19711]: WARNING: Unable to read from file /etc/arch-release
Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp of 0 for 0x180002b (Login Wind)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the pager needs to be fixed.
Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp of 0 for 0x180002b (Login Wind)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the pager needs to be fixed.

(gnome-power-manager:19713): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_window_thaw_toplevel_updates_libgtk_only: assertion `private->update_and_descendants_freeze_count > 0' failed
Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp of 0 for 0x180002b (Login Wind)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the pager needs to be fixed.
gdm-simple-greeter[19711]: WARNING: Failed to send buffer
Window manager warning: CurrentTime used to choose focus window; focus window may not be correct.
Window manager warning: Got a request to focus the no_focus_window with a timestamp of 0.  This shouldn't happen!

** (gnome-power-manager:19713): WARNING **: Failed to send buffer

(gnome-settings-daemon:19695): atk-bridge-WARNING **: AT_SPI_REGISTRY was not started at session startup.

(gnome-settings-daemon:19695): atk-bridge-WARNING **: IOR not set.

Last edited by roderick (2013-03-28 20:54:42)

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#2 2010-12-11 12:08:48

quantumphaze
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Registered: 2008-11-14
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Re: [SOLVED] My desktop keeps randomly crashing

Did you do any updates to any packages you think were relevant to Gnome and GDM?

To see if it is a user config problem create a new user account and use that for a while. If that works then you know it's a config problem and can migrate your dot files across to this new account until it starts crashing again.

That FAILED LOGIN (#) on '/dev/tty2' FOR 'UNKNOWN' stuff is disconcerting and warrants further investigation. It doesn't look right.


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#3 2010-12-11 15:08:45

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Re: [SOLVED] My desktop keeps randomly crashing

Those are a lot of warnings, but 99% of the time warnings aren't critical; errors are.

Did you try using a live CD to see if the problem persists? If it does, you might be dealing with hardware rather than software instability.

P.S. Please use [ code ] tags to enclose your log excerpts, that would greatly improve readability.


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#4 2010-12-11 23:19:53

roderick
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Re: [SOLVED] My desktop keeps randomly crashing

I haven't done any updates on anything that would modify gnome or gdm. Once I finally got Arch to a usable state after getting all the hardware functioning properly, I started using it regularly, and it started crashing.

I'm pretty sure it's not hardware instability because my Windows 7 installation on the same machine functions without issues.

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#5 2010-12-12 06:31:55

quantumphaze
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Re: [SOLVED] My desktop keeps randomly crashing

Post your Xorg.0.log file next time this occurs. It could be a graphics card problem that happens to crash X instead of the whole kernel.


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#6 2013-03-28 20:56:18

roderick
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Re: [SOLVED] My desktop keeps randomly crashing

I removed Arch Linux shortly after creating this thread. I just reinstalled the latest version a few days ago, with version 304 of the official nvidia driver, and after leaving my laptop on for a few days, it hasn't crashed at all. I'm gonna chalk up the previous problem I had to a driver issue.

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