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Thread: Cannot login, disk space full. Need to remove files through rescue mode

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    Default Leap 15.0 froze, cannot login

    Who can help?

    I was using Libreoffice Impress and the program was struggling when I attempted to insert a video into a slide. Then the screen went black and unresponsive.

    I powered off using the keyboard. I can power on and get to the login page, but after I enter the username and password, nothing happens. I've tried all 4 defaults in the advanced options, same problem.

    The desktop is KDE

    How can I take to fix this?
    Last edited by rgietzen; 13-Mar-2021 at 19:34. Reason: Spelling error

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    Default Re: Leap 15.0 froze, cannot login

    Then the screen went black and unresponsive.
    might be a hardware issue

    can you boot a live distro ( dvd or thumb drive) and read the logs for the errors ?



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    Default Re: Leap 15.0 froze, cannot login

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnVV View Post
    might be a hardware issue

    can you boot a live distro ( dvd or thumb drive) and read the logs for the errors ?
    Maybe, but that will have to wait a day. I'll need to go to a friend's computer and make the thumb drive.

    I'll report back later unless there is something else I can do now.

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    Default Re: Leap 15.0 froze, cannot login

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnVV View Post
    might be a hardware issue

    can you boot a live distro ( dvd or thumb drive) and read the logs for the errors ?
    Can you give me detailed instructions about how to access and read the logs?

    I have booted from a thumb drive before, but I'm not sure about looking up the logs.

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    Default Re: Leap 15.0 froze, cannot login

    In a typical Leap 15.0 system, the logs were in "/var/log/messages".
    openSUSE Leap 15.2; KDE Plasma 5.18.5;

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    Default Re: Leap 15.0 froze, cannot login

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    In a typical Leap 15.0 system, the logs were in "/var/log/messages".
    Thanks.

    I just remembered something else important, I had gotten a warning message that my home folder was low on space just before this happened as well.

    I have two home folders. I created a separate partition where most of my info is stored, just in case of system failure, so if I have to reboot everything is saved

    It was the other home folder that was low on space and I thought I fixed the problem by deleting files, but not I suspect that could be the cause.

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    Default Re: Leap 15.0 froze, cannot login

    When the system can not create any file for a user when (s)he logs in, the login will fail.
    So check if the file system where that user's home directory is in, is full. When youi have a separate /home file system, check /home, if you haven't, check /.

    It is quite possible that you can still login as root from the console. Thus when you get to the GUI login page, use Ctrl-Alt-F1 and login there as root. Check how full file systems are with
    Code:
    df
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Leap 15.0 froze, cannot login

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    In a typical Leap 15.0 system, the logs were in "/var/log/messages".
    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    When the system can not create any file for a user when (s)he logs in, the login will fail.
    So check if the file system where that user's home directory is in, is full. When youi have a separate /home file system, check /home, if you haven't, check /.

    It is quite possible that you can still login as root from the console. Thus when you get to the GUI login page, use Ctrl-Alt-F1 and login there as root. Check how full file systems are with
    Code:
    df
    Bad news. I was logged in as root when this happened. I've already tried that user and it is the one that won't work

    Hopefully I can fix this when I get the thumb drive and boot from that.

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    Default Re: Leap 15.0 froze, cannot login

    Quote Originally Posted by rgietzen View Post
    Bad news. I was logged in as root when this happened.
    But you said you were using Libreoffice?
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Leap 15.0 froze, cannot login

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    But you said you were using Libreoffice?
    I was. I use root. I don't create another user. I know it's frowned upon by many.

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