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Occidentalis stuck in a loop

by Unblessed_Germ on Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:06 pm

I'm using occidentalis v.2. I just got my pi today and start it up with occidentalis on the card. It runs through the setup procedure and at the end asks me to type "startx" if I want to use a graphical interface. It then does that over and over rapid fire for 10 or 20 times causing the process to get killed for 5 minutes for spawning too fast.

Any suggestions on how to fix this? I'm going to rewrite the latest image of Occidentalis v.2 right now.
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Re: Occidentalis stuck in a loop

by Unblessed_Germ on Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:00 pm

Fresh install, same problem
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Re: Occidentalis stuck in a loop

by adafruit_support_bill on Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:02 pm

0.2 is still beta software. But we've had thousands of downloads and have not heard reports of anything like that. Any strange behavior running a standard Raspbian distro?
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Re: Occidentalis stuck in a loop

by Unblessed_Germ on Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:37 am

Rasbian wheezy runs fine. Can't get Occidentalis v0.2 to work, same thing every time. I'm on a Ubuntu laptop, and I have a desktop running arch linux. I wrote the image using the ubuntu image writer, and dd, and also wrote the image to the card on my desktop using the unix dd; no difference. Every time it gets hung-up asking me to type startx to start the x server, over and over, before it gets killed for 5 minutes for rapidly spawning.

I just got my pi from you guys by the way.
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Re: Occidentalis stuck in a loop

by BruceF on Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:52 am

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$ sudo -s
# cd /var/log
# ls -lt | head

Other than auth.log, what's up near the top of that list of log files? Maybe poke around in one or two of those and see if you can identify any clues?
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Re: Occidentalis stuck in a loop

by Unblessed_Germ on Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:34 am

Look at the logs on my laptop/desktop? Or look at the rasberry pi's?

I ask, because I'm not sure anything is even being created on the pi, and if there were, I can't access them from the pi itself.
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Re: Occidentalis stuck in a loop

by BruceF on Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:34 pm

Sorry, on the pi. Hopefully you can ssh into it and check the log files. From the documentation:

This image has sshd on boot - that means you can immediately ssh in using raspberrypi.local! The ssh keys are generated on boot but since the user/pass is simply pi/raspberry you should not put this on an accessible network until you've changed the password.


I'd think you should be able to ssh in before you type startx and use "ls -lt /var/log" to identify whichever log file is getting written to while your startx loop is happening. Then you can "tail -f /var/log/whatever.log" to watch what's happening in realtime.
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Re: Occidentalis stuck in a loop

by Unblessed_Germ on Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:16 pm

Ahhh... Making more sense now. This is my first pi so that never occurred me to as an option, thanks for clearing that up.
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