Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 154286
greeter program crashes sometimes when restarting
Last modified: 2009-01-09 01:52:22 EST
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):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Get to the login screen
correctly restart X all the times
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
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?
I have the same problem.
I will attach a /var/log/messages file with debug enabled.
Created attachment 115652 [details]
Here is the /var/log/messages file with the debug infos.
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.
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.
on my new box 64bit fc4 x86_64 this does not happen..
old box 32bit fc4 i386 still buggy (both have same config )
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)
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 ?
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
I tried building and installing my own gdm rpm from gdm-184.108.40.206-16.src.rpm 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 .
fc5 test3 (gdm-220.127.116.11-1) has still this problem. The greeter crashes for me
after a few CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE.
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...
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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