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f24 boots to command line only

asked 2016-06-25 13:57:38 -0500

I just ran the dnf system upgrade commands to move my system from F22 to F24. (RPMfusion took a long time to be ready even for F23. Then its repos for F24 came out within days. Then Fedora's own mirrors for F23 failed to synchronize. So I specified releasever=24 and it seemed to download all packages.)

But when the upgrade was finished, it left me with a command-line login prompt. Which I have not seen since the old Red Hat days. It gives the name of the host computer, and the word "login" followed by a colon.

I can log in, but I can't do anything else. When I try to start any graphical program, I get an error talking about unspecified displays or a variable called $DISPLAY not being set.

I haven't started from a command-line login in decades. So I've forgotten what to do, or how to get out of this. I am writing this from a Windows console, because now that is the only kind of machine I have available to me. Nor can either of my two Windows systems "see" the F24 box for any purpose.

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answered 2016-06-26 04:27:15 -0500

pcfe gravatar image

Can you please provide the output of the following commands?

ls -1 /usr/lib/systemd/system/?dm.service
systemctl status kdm ; echo ; systemctl status gdm

You'll probably only have gdm but provide the output in any case.

if you want gdm and it happens to be off, test enabling it with:

systemctl start gdm

If this shows you the graphical log in screen, enable it for subsequent boots with:

systemctl enable gdm
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answered 2016-06-25 15:59:54 -0500

wigust gravatar image

Maybe during upgrade graphical part was removed. Try to install this from console with

sudo dnf -y install gdm

Also, did you have a proprietary driver installed previously?

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