Bug 374091

Summary: gdm 2.21 falls apart after totally ignoring its configuration
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Michal Jaegermann <michal>
Component: gdmAssignee: Ray Strode [halfline] <rstrode>
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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Description Michal Jaegermann 2007-11-09 18:28:34 EST
Description of problem:

Update gdm sports a configuration directory /usr/share/gdm/
but if one looks there this cannot be right as various things
described in comments there simply do not exist.  Indeed, new
gdm appears to totally ignore /etc/gdm/custom.conf and, in
particular, such essential settings there like
Greeter, AllowRoot, Browser, MinimalUID, Logo, BackgroundProgram,
etc... making the whole thing basically unusable (at least for
me).  Documentation does not exist either in that rpm package
or on http://www.gnome.org/projects/gdm/ site and no means of
affecting a configuration seems to be present.  A bit rushed?

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Comment 1 Ray Strode [halfline] 2007-11-09 23:22:08 EST

So GDM is going over a lot of big changes right now.  See:


A lot of things aren't hooked up yet.  Also, the configuration file format has
changed.  Things should look a lot different as we get further in the F-9 devel
Comment 2 jmccann 2008-03-07 18:20:22 EST
We have a few of the configuration options hooked up now.  However, there are a
good number of them that we are no longer supporting.  If you any specific
problems please report them upstream.  Thanks.
Comment 3 Michal Jaegermann 2008-03-09 15:37:34 EDT
> We have a few of the configuration options hooked up now.

Maybe.  There is no way to tell as a documentation either in
a rawhide package or on http://www.gnome.org/projects/gdm/
for version 2.21 does not exist.  I do not see also any kind
of a configuration "helper" and an old /etc/gdm/custom.conf
is plainly ignored.  There is also no new sample configuration
file which would show possible valid settings.

My minimal requirements are at least two servers running
on different consoles and a custom background instead of
a default one (and if setting different backgrounds for different
servers can be done without strange hacks that is definite plus).
Other configuration options could be really useful.

In the current form gdm-2.21 is plain useless for me so I am
going to ignore it.