Fail whale

The terrifying Gnome fail whale
The terrifying Gnome fail whale

Upgrading to Fedora 25 was as easy as clicking a button in Fedora 24 then waiting.

But after the reboot it didn’t come back up as expected. Instead it displayed the image above. I believe this is known as the Gnome Fail Whale.

And this is what fixed it for me:

  1. See the Gnome Fail Whale
  2. Press Ctrl-Alt-F2 to drop into single user mode
  3. Sign in as my normal user
  4. Edit this file /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/gnome.session as sudo
  5. Remove gnome-settings-daemon; from the last line
  6. Reboot

Not yet sure what the consequences of this are besides frustration.

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