I'm using Linux Mint 14 and have faced the following problem recently:
after removing and installing some of the software (torchat and LibreOffice to be exact) and rebooting I found myself not being able to log into my system.
first thing I noticed was simply a console line offering to enter my login and password, after that it greeted me with
bash: /usr/lib/git-core/git-sh-prompt: No such file or directory
all my attempts to run startx resulted in nothing but a black screen with an active mouse arrow
briefly serfing the net I've found that installing mdm could be a possible solution, however, after I did that, I've started logging into this very black screen immediately, skipping any time in console, so had to remove it. None of any other methods found on the internet seem to work.
here's the log file for startx:
first lots of built-in extensions are being initialized
loading extension GLX The XKEYBOARD keymap compiler (xkbcomp) reports: Warning: Compat map for group 2 redefined Using new definition Warning: Compat map for group 3 redefined Using new definition Warning: Compat map for group 4 redefined Using new definition Errors from xkbcomp are not fatal to the X server
this report repeats 3 times and in the end I get:
xinit: connection to X server lost waiting for X server to shut down Server terminated successfully (0). Closing log file. xinit: unexpected signal 1
I'd appreciate any suggestions about working this mess out. Thanks in advance
output for ~/.xsession-errors
Xsession: X session started for root at Wed May 7 17:35:27 MSK 2014 localuser: root being added to access control list Setting IM through im-switch for locale=all_ALL Start IM through /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/all_ALL linked to /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/default Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service