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    Default Login Failed? Please help

    I have a Toshiba notebook running 11.4.
    It's a P4 dual processor 64bit machine.

    I installed 11.4 a few days ago and have booted countless times. Just prior to this I had spent the entire day configuring XP within Virtualbox.

    Today I boot OpenSuse and my login name is presented on the Left side of the screen with two fields:

    Username
    Password

    I type in the only username I've created for the machine, the same one presented on the Left side of the screen and type my root password and login fails. I am certain I'm typing this in correctly and tried several times.

    I can enter "root" as the username and enter the password and it seems to begin booting but then the screen goes to black with only the cursor arrow left and remains there indefinetly.
    Sometimes the bar along the bottom appears then disappears, almost as if the system is only creeping along at 100th its normal speed.

    Previous to this it only prompted for a password without the username.

    Is there an easy fix to this?
    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Login Failed? Please help

    More information:

    I've tried to log in using failsafe but the booting halts with the message "No space left on device"
    Hmm... That doesn't make any sense.

    I have a 250gb HD.
    Approx 8gigs are used in the MFG restore partition which will install Win7 if accessed.

    These are the things I've done on the HD:

    1. Installed 11.4 on a clean machine except for that MFG partition.
    2. Installed Blender
    3. Installed Rosegarden
    4. Installed Virtualbox from the 11.4 repository
    5. Installed XP on a virtual Disk of 45gb
    6. Installed win98 on a virtual disk of 10gb.
    7. Transfered a music folder from a portable HD to 11.4, approx 40gb
    8. Copied much of the music folder onto the XP Virtual disk.
    9. Installed iTunes onto XP within the VM and loaded the music into it.
    10. Shutdown for the night.
    11. Try to reboot and I get this No Space problem.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Login Failed? Please help

    On 03/27/2011 02:36 PM, SteveFury61 wrote:

    > Is there an easy fix to this?


    probably not..(do you know what is broken, i don't and i've seen this
    set of symptoms before)

    what happens if, at the first green screen you select to boot "Fail
    Safe"?

    if it will boot in Fail Save please check and report back if any
    active Linux partitions are near full (like, 90% or more full)..

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    173.14.28 3D, Athlon 64 3000+]
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    to undo the problems caused by not." DD 23 Jan 11

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    On 03/27/2011 03:06 PM, SteveFury61 wrote:
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    > Any ideas?


    NOTE: this reply assumes you are an experienced Linux administrator
    and have not put things you wanna keep in /tmp ....if that is not the
    case (or even if it is), please read my sig caveat prior to proceeding)

    1. boot from a Linux live CD

    2. navigate to the /tmp folder of the 11.4 install and delete its contents

    3. navigate to the /var/log folder and see if there are any logs which
    exceed (say) 1 GB, if so open that log in a file viewer, zip down to
    near the end of that log and report back here with the error repeated
    over and over and over . . .

    due to limitations of the openSUSE forum, i may be again post with the
    appearance of having not read one of your (which i won't have access
    to prior to my posting...its complicated)

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    173.14.28 3D, Athlon 64 3000+]
    "It is far easier to read, understand and follow the instructions than
    to undo the problems caused by not." DD 23 Jan 11

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    Default Re: Login Failed? Please help

    Like DenverD I assume that your root partition is full. This could be in /tmp. Emptying it as explained above might help, but you then should try to find out why this happened.
    It could also be done by excesive logging in /var/log. Clean up there, but again look first into that logging to see why this has grown so much in such a short time.

    Also I do not completely understand your first post. When you use a useeid at login, you must then use the passwordd of that user, not the password of root.
    You should never try to login as root, especialy not in the GUI.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Login Failed? Please help

    Thank you for the responses.

    Denver D:
    I've been trying OpenSuse Distros since version 9.x and really got into learning console functions when 10.0 came out- a long time ago and need brushing up.
    I was so completely impressed with the usefulness of 11.4 that I was excited to use MS products as an exception and no longer as the rule, hence putting it into a VB.

    Because my console study was so long ago I'll have to research how to do what is suggested.

    hcvv:
    "Also I do not completely understand your first post."

    I apologize for not being clear. However things have changed.
    Booting in either regular or safe mode makes no difference, the system freezes when the progress bar is half way and so the userid/password screen is not displayed.

    If I boot on the Live CD I choose "Rescue System".
    It boots to a Rescue Login prompt.

    When I installed from the Live CD I used "Me Myself" as the user along with a password.

    While at this rescue login I've tried entering "Me Myself", "Me" and "(blank)" but login was incorrect.
    If I type "root" I am prompted with this:

    Rescue:~ #

    So I'll need to relearn how to navigate console.

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    Default Re: Login Failed? Please help

    Code:
    Rescue:~ #
    that means you are loged in now.
    Use
    Code:
    fdisk -l
    to get a list of your partitions. I hope you can then identify which one is your openSUSE root partition. Mount it on e.g. /mnt
    Code:
    mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
    where you have to replace sda2 with the real one of course.
    Then do
    Code:
    df -h
    to check if that file system is 100%. When yes, we found it! Then do
    Code:
    cd /mnt/tmp
    rm -rf *
    BE CAREFULL, check that you a realy in /mnt/tmp and not somewhere else before doing the second statement!!!
    Then check again with
    Code:
    df -h
    When it is now considerably lower then 100%, reboot the system normal.

    Report back please.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Login Failed? Please help

    Thank you for the help.

    sda6 seems to be my problem. It reports:
    size 20G
    used 20G
    use% 100%.

    I did the commands within the /tmp directory without any reported errors but df -h still reports 100% usage.

    System will not boot, message is "Call to lnsusrtemp failed <temporary directories full?>.

    I am wondering if I've accidently placed a folder within that partition which contains music, if I did I know the folder name but I'm researching commands how to display directory names (vs. just file names).

    My research today has been in a google search for linux console commands and I understand "ls" lists files but looking how to locate my erroneous directory in within that partition and how to remove it along with its contents.

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    Default Re: Login Failed? Please help

    Well, it is your ystem and you should know what is where.

    Your report is not very elaborate, but I assume that you have sda6 now mounted on /mnt. Then go to /mnt and look there with
    Code:
    cd /mnt
    ls -l
    I think you must see things you know about there. I now depends on what you see and what you know. You can use
    Code:
    du -sk *
    and then make aan intelligent guess what is unusable big. Then cd down to that one and repeat the
    Code:
    du -sk *
    until you have identified which file(s) are out of bounds. Then remove them (you may first copy them to aN USB stick of course).
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Login Failed? Please help

    YES YES YES
    I am one step closer to solving this.

    I found this command in my research:

    du / -bh | more

    I ran that after mounting my sda6 which listed all directories and their disk usage.

    Whammo! I was correct. It's a self-inflicted problem. I'll kick myself in the backside later.

    I've located and identified the path to my offending music folder. It's multi-layered with too many sub-folders to count and the standard "rd" command won't remove all contents so I'm researching this further ....

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