Bug 378821 - gdm display definition of "inactive" does not work as documented
Summary: gdm display definition of "inactive" does not work as documented
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm
Version: 8
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ray Strode [halfline]
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-11-12 21:28 UTC by John Tapparo
Modified: 2009-01-09 05:11 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 05:11:10 UTC
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Description John Tapparo 2007-11-12 21:28:30 UTC
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Description of problem:
According to the gdm configuration documentation:

"The first word of the value can also be set to the string "inactive" to indicate that this DISPLAY should not be managed. This can be used in the GDM Custom Configuration File to turn off a DISPLAY that is defined in the GDM System Defaults Configuration File."

When I put the line "0=inactive" in my /etc/gdm/custom.conf file, gdm is launched on the console.  I get the following log message in /var/log/messages:
Nov 12 16:12:13 hostname gdm-binary[6946]: WARNING: Server name 'inactive' not found; using standard server

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Modify the /etc/gdm/custom.conf file and add a line "0=inactive" to the "[servers]" section.
2.  Restart gdm (I have tried reboot as well as "init 3" then "init 5")

Actual Results:
The following warning is logged /var/log/messages and a gdmgreeter is started on the console.

WARNING: Server name 'inactive' not found; using standard server

Expected Results:
No X should be started on the console of the machine.

Additional info:
I have this configuration because the machine is remote and I don't need a graphical interface on the machine, I just want a text console.  However, I have gdm running so that I can point a remote display to it (chooser on another Linux machine).

As far as I recall, this worked properly in Fedora 7.

I performed a "strings /usr/sbin/gdm-binary | grep -i inactive" just to make sure that I had the case correct, but the only string reported was actually "inactive".   I have not surfed the source code yet.

I have seen this both on the i386 and x86_64 package.

I would like to see this work.  Perhaps there is additional information needed in the documentation.

I'm not sure if this should be medium or low severity.  I would like to see it fixed.  I don't have a workaround.  Other than starting an unnecessary X display on the server, there does not seem to be a huge impact.

Comment 1 Göran Uddeborg 2007-12-28 20:12:27 UTC
I can confirm that it did work previously.  It just stopped working here on an
upgrade to F8 gdm.

Comment 2 John Tapparo 2008-05-11 17:15:40 UTC
This seems to have been fixed.  I noticed that gdm was in my yum update today,
so I checked, and my :0 display is no longer actve (as configured).  The package
that was installed is gdm-2.20.5-1.fc8.

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