unexpected logout

Ed Greshko Ed.Greshko at greshko.com
Wed Nov 11 06:44:22 UTC 2009

Dj YB wrote:
> On Wednesday November 11 2009 00:55:45 Ed Greshko wrote:
>> Tim wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2009-11-10 at 22:26 +0200, Dj YB wrote:
>>>> many times it happens to me that while working, suddenly the session
>>>> just end and I get the kde welcome screen.
>>>> I have tried to look for a way to understand what triggers this but
>>>> with no luck, I have no idea where to look, what file logs this kind
>>>> of events, how can I see what program/process caused the logout...?
>>> Hint:  ls /var/log/Xorg*
>>> If it bombed out while you were idle, the usual suspect is a screen
>>> saver (a buggy one, or one finding a bug in your graphics driver).
>> In addition, I had a power supply go wonky that ended up being the culprit.
> well, i am pretty curtain my power supply is good, but say I want to be sure 
> as to what caused the logout, where can I see which process \ application 
> triggered it?
> thanks
The point being made it that it is quite unlikely that a conventional,
controlled logout has occurred.   Chances are good that the X server
crashed or gdm crashed.  Those things that crash will not bring down the
system but they will get restarted and present you with a login screen. 
This may lead you to conclude something logged you out. 

Did you check the log as Tim suggested?

Would that my hand were as swift as my tongue. -- Alfieri Guess Who!

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