From Timothy Roloff on Sun, 20 Feb 2000
I am responding to information posted about GNOME on your website at http://linuxgazette.net/issue46/tag/5.html .
Someone was getting this message from Linux just before the log-in screen:
According to /var/run/gdm.pid, gdm was already running (process id) but seems to have been murdered mysteriously. INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
I ran into the same problem myself in RedHat 6. I tried all your suggestions, which I appreciate because they gave me somewhere to start. But none of them worked. Finally, on a whim I ran df I found that my drive was full. Freeing up some space solved the problem.