Yesterday I upgraded my debian testing release (jessie) and after that the Gnome Desktop and also gdm3 (the Desktop Manager to login) was broken. I installed lightdm and xfce to get back a working desktop. But I can’t figure out whats going wrong until my last upgrade.
Finally I found help in this forum thread.
So I removed all the nvidia packages (I had no nvidia graphic card but a Intel HD3000)
apt-get remove --purge nvidia-*
Next I reinsalled gdm3, gnome and reconfigured finally gdm3
apt-get --reinstall install gdm3 apt-get --reinstall install gnome apt-get --reinstall install gnome-shell dpkg-reconfigure gdm3
After that procdure my system worked again!
I don’t understand why a dist-upgrade on a system with not nvidia graphic card leads into such a strange situation.
Corrupted /tmp folder
Additional I was affected from a corrupted /tmp folder which shows the wrong size. To solve this I found the following Blog Post.
- press ‘e’ during the grub boot loader
- add the following to the end of the line starting with /boot/vmlinuz…
–add rw init=/bin/bash
- press f10 to boot with that configuration – system will start in a bash
- remove and create the tmp folder
>rm -rf /tmp
>chmod 1777 /tmp
- reboot system
This helps me to create a new empty /tmp folder.