Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 23873
GPM Locks Console
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:30:40 EDT
An out of the box Red Hat 7.0 install worked with absolutely no problems.
However, since doing a recent "up2date -u", the gpm (console mouse
services) component seems to "freeze" the console on the machine. SSH
connections work without any problem, but the console responds to one
keystroke every five minutes or so.
I unfortunately can't remember if the up2date actually updated gpm, but
the problem occurred on the first reboot after the update.
Stopping gpm immediately fixes the problem (the console is fully
Both keyboard and mouse are connected via PS2.
The mouse is a very generic Logitech 3-button (which has worked on all
previous versions of RedHat and gpm without problem).
Testing hitting keys during the boot cycle shows normal responsiveness
until gpm starts, at which point it immediately becomes unresponsive.
up2date -l shows "current" versions of everything installed.
This problem can be fixed by simply stopping gpm, but it would be nice to
know if there is a true fix for this.
The machine is NOT running X-Windows. The machine is a Celeron 533, 128M
gpm is version 1.19.3-4
We have not released gpm errata, so up2date cannot have caused you any problems.
Have you changed any BIOS settings or other things?
We have lots of these logitech ps/2 mice in house (I have one on the computer I
am using right now) and cannot duplicate the problem, so we are somewhat at an
Nothing has changed in hardware or hardware configuration or BIOS.
I am 99% sure that there were no software changes (other than up2date).
The system worked fine (with the same configuration) with both RedHat 7.0 and
6.2 prior to the up2date that seemed to cause the problem (for lack of anything
else to blame ;-)
The mouse itself has worked without problem on RedHat 6.0, 6.1, 6.2 on other
In any case, I can stop the problem by disabling gpm, so it isn't a huge
If someone else can replicate this problem, we will reopen the bug. Otherwise,
my best guess is something might have gone slightly wrong with your hardware.
But we can't really tell at this point.