Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 408371
Upgrade from F7 to F8 stops GDM from working
Last modified: 2007-12-03 23:11:22 EST
Description of problem:
I just get a black screen with a mouse pointer
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Upgrade to F8
/var/log/secure keeps being appended to with cryptic messages such as:
Dec 3 07:50:26 njh gdm-binary: pam_selinux_permit(gdm:auth): Cannot
determine the user's name
Dec 3 07:50:26 njh gdm-binary: gkr-pam: couldn't get the user name:
It seems like your authentication stack might be messed up. Does logging in
from a console work?
Can you attach /etc/pam.d/system-auth ?
if you add
to /etc/rsyslog.conf and then do /sbin/service rsyslog restart then try to
reproduce do you get more useful messages in /var/log/debug_messages ?
Yes, login from console works.
I'll try the other suggestions.
I found that by reinstalling gdm
rpm -Uvh --force gdm-2.20.1-7.fc8.i386.rpm
it now works. Presumably something had corrupted one of the program's files.
Let's hope it doesn't happen again.
okay, i'm going to close this WORKSFORME. We haven't had any other reports so
it may have just be corrupted media or a phase-of-the-moon type thing.