Yesterday - removed all my video codec libraries via synaptic out of anger, with plans of reinstalling all of them today. Used system-config-display to change my display settings to a larger size. At the end of the day, restarted the computer, to make the display changes take effect, but went home before logging back in.
Today - if I log in as myself, I get a popup window telling me that my session lasted for less than 10 seconds. It offers to show me the contents of ~/.xsession-errors, which I list here:
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/etc/X11/gdm/PreSession/Default: Registering your session with wtmp and utmp /etc/X11/gdm/PreSession/Default: running /usr/bin/X11/sessreg -a -w /var/log/wtmp -u /var/run/utmp -x "/var/gdm/:0.Xservers" -h "" -l ":0" "lholcombe" Agent pid 5944
If I log in as root, I get dumped into TWM (a nightmare that I am starting to get the hang of). I was able to use synaptic to reinstall all the video codecs I deleted yesterday. I was also able to run system-config-display and change my settings back to 1024x768 (and verify this with xorg.conf). However, none of these things seems to fix my problem. Interestingly, for the life of me, I cannot find ~/.xsession-errors anywhere, either in my own home or root's home.
This is driving me nuts. Please help.