Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 118100
gdmgreeter keeps crashing endlessly
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:38 EST
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Description of problem:
for some reason X will not load correctly. It hangs endlessly with the
default background and an hourglass. i'm able to use ctrl-alt-1 to run
"top". when i do this, i notice that gdmgreeter is using 50% of the
CPU and keeps restarting (it keeps changing its PID). any ideas how to
fix this? my packages were update via rawhide as of yesterday. this
problem has occurred since i first updated from rawhide after
installing FC Core 2 Test 1. any help would be greatly appreciated...
in the meantime, i guess i'll have to keep ssh'ing into the box and
running X apps from it. thanks again...
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot the machine
if i ctrl-alt-1 while the above description is occuring, then i see
the following error message:
gdm(pam_unix)  : bad username 
Created attachment 98649 [details]
Debug log for gdm
Extract of log showing debug messages from gdm.
I'm seeing the same problem - I upgraded from Redhat 9 to Fedora Core
1 with no problems. Then I applied the latest updates using yum, and
now my desktop is screwed. Gnome sits with a blue background and
spinning hourglass as described. KDE just keeps restarting the X
server so I can't even use ctl-alt-F1.
I don't see the high CPU use, but gdmgreeter does keep restarting. I
enabled debugging on gdm, and have attached the relevant bits from my
log file. Howvever, all this tells me is that gdm_slave_child_handler
is dying unexpectedly.
I tried to strace another instance of gdmgreeter while the X server
was up - it traced for a while but then bombed with the following error:
strace: ptrace(PTRACE_TRACEME, ...): Operation not permitted
Any hints as to where to go next would be appreciated!
Using gdm-126.96.36.199-1.2 and a source built kernel from source rpm
Created attachment 98700 [details]
strace of gdm
the problem persists with
i've enclosed a copy of my strace as an attachment
after installing FC2 test2, i can no longer produce this bug... it
appears this bug has been squashed.
There are at least a dozen different causes for this that may have
been fixed since then. Please REOPEN only if you find isolate a very