Bug 154286

Summary: greeter program crashes sometimes when restarting
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Ricky Ng-Adam <rngadam>
Component: gdmAssignee: Ray Strode [halfline] <rstrode>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Mike McLean <mikem>
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Description Flags
debug output
cat /var/log/messages | grep gdm
grep gdm /var/log/messages, gdm debug enabled none

Description Ricky Ng-Adam 2005-04-09 00:51:04 UTC
Description of problem:

When trying to restart X at the GDM login with CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE I sometime get:

"The greeter program appears to be crashing.
I will attempt to use a different one."

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Get to the login screen
Actual results:

warning message

Expected results:

correctly restart X all the times

Additional info:

Comment 1 Nicolas Mailhot 2005-05-21 12:22:58 UTC
I have the same problem except it's fully consistent here.

Themed greeter always crashes (on boot, logout, etc) then I get the restart
popup, then the non-svg greeter is displayed


Comment 2 Ray Strode [halfline] 2005-05-23 04:38:43 UTC
Can you attach your /etc/X11/gdm.conf file please?  Also, would you mind setting
enable=true in the [debug] section of the conf file, restarting and then
attaching your /var/log/messages file?

Comment 4 drago01 2005-06-18 10:30:58 UTC
I have the same problem.
I will attach a /var/log/messages file with debug enabled.

Comment 5 drago01 2005-06-18 10:35:05 UTC
Created attachment 115652 [details]
debug output

Here is the /var/log/messages file with the debug infos.

Comment 6 drago01 2005-06-20 17:17:35 UTC
Created attachment 115705 [details]
cat /var/log/messages | grep gdm

This attachment is smaller and only includes gdm messages.
I also tried with early-login and it keeps crashing.

Comment 7 Dave Jenkins 2005-07-26 10:45:41 UTC
Created attachment 117150 [details]
grep gdm /var/log/messages, gdm debug enabled

I have this problem too.
Intermittent: perhaps 5-10% of restarts overall. Since doing a yum update
yesterday morning, the greeter has crashed on 2/2 restarts.

Comment 8 drago01 2005-07-26 11:09:48 UTC
on my new box 64bit fc4 x86_64 this does not happen..
old box 32bit fc4 i386 still buggy (both have same config )

Comment 9 Dave Jenkins 2005-07-27 11:37:36 UTC
My instance of the problem has become much worse since my yum update on 25th
July. The themed Fedora login screen now crashes almost every time I boot or
logout. One of the following then happens:
(1) I get the dialog saying "The greeter program appears to be crashing. I will
attempt to use a different one." Followed by the grey login box.
(2) The themed login screen appears on a second attempt.
(3) Two failures occur and I am left with a blank screen with an X cursor.
I suspect that a more fundamental problem is at work here, as I am also unable
to switch from a virtual console back to X with Ctrl-Atl-F7: instead of
returning me to my desktop, this kills my X session and returns me either to (2)
or (3).

Please advise if I should file this as a separate bug report.

I get the same behaviour with various versions of xorg-x11.

Just a thought - is there any code in gdm that relies on volatile casts, that
may therefore fall victim to the gcc 4.0.0 optimisation bug, as in bug #161242 ?

Comment 10 Ray Strode [halfline] 2005-07-27 13:45:36 UTC
Hi Dave,

For now, let's just keep it on one bug.  When I fix this bug, we'll see if the
problem goes away for you, and if it doesn't we can do another bug report if

Comment 11 Dave Jenkins 2005-07-29 12:28:40 UTC
I tried building and installing my own gdm rpm from gdm- using
gcc-4.0.1-4.fc4, in case this was a gcc 4.0.0 optimisation issue. This did not
solve the problem, however.

In case it is relevant, I am currently using Xavier Bachelot's Unichrome-enabled
xorg-x11 srpm, which again I built with gcc-4.0.1-4 .

Comment 12 Ricky Ng-Adam 2006-02-25 22:39:52 UTC
fc5 test3 (gdm- has still this problem.  The greeter crashes for me

Comment 13 Ricky Ng-Adam 2007-04-28 17:54:36 UTC
Still occurs in fc7 test 4; after a few CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE in a row I get this

"The greeter application appears to be crashing.  Attempting to use a different

Seems to be harmless (once you click OK, you get the login screen), but still...

Comment 14 Ricky Ng-Adam 2007-12-28 20:18:50 UTC
Still occurs in Fedora 8 (gdm-2.20.2-2.fc8). 

Pressing ok just pops up the same dialog over and over again.  To actually get
around it, you have to wait for ~1mn and then click ok.

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