Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 212779
Can't log into a new session
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:46 EST
Description of problem:
After ending a successful session, users can't log in again.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
$ /usr/sbin/gdm --version
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot FC6. Log into a session. End the session normally.
2. When the login screen appears place the cursor in the username box on the
remote login screen. Attempt to type in the username for the next session.
Text doesn't type into the username box. User can't log in.
Text should type into the user namebox. User can log in.
The login splash screen appears correctly. The mouse works correctly. One can
click in either the username or the password text boxes. I believe they get
focus, ie they get a blinking cursor. But typing on the keyboard doesn't put
text in them.
One can restart the computer using the mouse and selecting
menu->shutdown->restart. Restarting is the only way I've found to begin a new
No errors are reported during the shutdown process and the shutdown doesn't
take long or anything.
I'm using a USB wireless keyboard, but text typed on the laptop keyboard
doesn't enter either.
I am unable to start a new session with CTR-ALT F8 or any other terminal.
Let me know if you need any other info.
Here is an additional tidbit. This doesn't just happen when starting a second
session. It also happens on the first login if I start the computer and
don't log in for say 20 minutes. Exact same symptoms.
are you using GDM, KDM, or XDM?
Note GDM doesn't have separate text boxes for username and password.
How do I tell ?
BTW: Other people on the fedora-list mailing list have the same issue.
I have the same problem here in several FC6 boxes. However, I'm using KDM and
not GDM. Using GDM the problem does not happen with me. This problem happens
very, very often, but not 100% of the time
In the very few times when the keyboard does not get locked when I logout and, I
can login and logout several times without it being locked. The problem reapears
after the machine is rebooted.
> How do I tell ?
ps ax | grep gdm
$ ps ax |grep gdm
21049 pts/1 S+ 0:00 grep gdm
$ ps ax | grep kdm
2743 ? S 0:00 /usr/bin/kdm -nodaemon
21051 pts/1 S+ 0:00 grep kdm
I guess I run kdm. I didn't realize it ran all the time. I though only when
one was logged out.
This appears to be fixed now, at least for me. I heard a rumor that rhgb was
part of the problem and I saw an update of rhgb get installed with 'yum
update', so maybe that fixed the issue.
the previous version of rhgb had some problem, it could cause such problem.
with current FC6-update, i cannot reproduce the above issue.