Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1004539
Failed to give slave programs access to the display
Last modified: 2014-02-05 17:21:39 EST
Description of problem:
The GNOME Display Manager fails to display the screen after boot. With ssh and top I can to see that Xorg and plymouthd are the only processes active. There are several messages in the logs:
[root@test ~]# grep gdm /var/log/messages
Sep 4 15:50:52 test dbus-daemon: dbus: [system] Rejected send message, 1 matched rules; type="method_call", sender=":1.4" (uid=0 pid=544 comm="/usr/sbin/gdm-binary ") interface="org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties" member="GetAll" error name="(unset)" requested_reply="0" destination=":1.8" (uid=0 pid=620 comm="/usr/libexec/gdm-simple-slave --display-id /org/gn")
Sep 4 15:50:52 test dbus: [system] Rejected send message, 1 matched rules; type="method_call", sender=":1.4" (uid=0 pid=544 comm="/usr/sbin/gdm-binary ") interface="org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties" member="GetAll" error name="(unset)" requested_reply="0" destination=":1.8" (uid=0 pid=620 comm="/usr/libexec/gdm-simple-slave --display-id /org/gn")
Sep 4 15:50:56 test gdm-simple-slave: WARNING: Failed to give slave programs access to the display. Trying to proceed.
I have been working on a bug in the IPA upgrade to Fedora 19 from Fedora 18 so I have been frequently building new Fedora 18 virtual machines from local repositories to keep the builds consistent. I was out of town for several weeks. When I returned I forgot I was trying to keep the same Fedora 18 configuration and updated the repositories. Now I have this problem. I do not have a problem on Fedora 19.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
[root@test ~]# uname -r
[root@test ~]# rpm -q gdm
How reproducible: Consistent
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Build a new Fedora 18 VM and watch the console
Actual results: a blank screen
Expected results: the login screen
Created attachment 793875 [details]
various logs, virt-install output and Anaconda output
The update that started the problem occurred between 14 and 21 days ago. I have been deleting rpms from my local updates repository by week then building a new Fedora 18 VM and checking whether the login screen was displayed. Can you give me any idea what rpm I might exclude from the build to avoid this problem?
Ah, I was mistaken in Comment 2. The problem was introduced on 30 Aug and is in this list:
[root@host ~]# find /srv/http/repos/fedora18/updates -daystart -mtime 7 -name *.rpm | sort
The problem starts when kernel 3.10.10 is available in the local updates repository:
[root@host ~]# reposync \
> --config /etc/fedora18.conf \
> --download_path /srv/http/repos/fedora18 \
> --download-metadata \
> --repoid updates
(1/13): kernel-3.10.10-100.fc18.x86_64.rpm | 29 MB 00:20
(2/13): kernel-debug-devel-3.10.10-100.fc18.x86_64.rpm | 8.3 MB 00:05
(3/13): kernel-debug-modules-extra-3.10.10-100.fc18.x86_64 | 2.2 MB 00:01
(4/13): kernel-devel-3.10.10-100.fc18.x86_64.rpm | 8.2 MB 00:04
(5/13): kernel-debug-3.10.10-100.fc18.x86_64.rpm | 31 MB 00:37
(6/13): kernel-doc-3.10.10-100.fc18.noarch.rpm | 11 MB 00:06
(7/13): kernel-headers-3.10.10-100.fc18.x86_64.rpm | 875 kB 00:01
(8/13): kernel-modules-extra-3.10.10-100.fc18.x86_64.rpm | 2.1 MB 00:02
(9/13): kernel-tools-3.10.10-100.fc18.x86_64.rpm | 97 kB 00:01
(10/13): kernel-tools-libs-3.10.10-100.fc18.i686.rpm | 38 kB 00:01
(11/13): kernel-tools-libs-3.10.10-100.fc18.x86_64.rpm | 37 kB 00:01
(12/13): kernel-tools-libs-devel-3.10.10-100.fc18.i686.rpm | 34 kB 00:01
(13/13): kernel-tools-libs-devel-3.10.10-100.fc18.x86_64.r | 34 kB 00:01
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