Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 425866
endless greeter crash loop
Last modified: 2007-12-18 09:58:11 EST
Description of problem:
Suddenly greeter application has decided to crash, and there is no way how to
disable endless loop. Work on VC is hard and anoying because of dialog with OK
Do you think that after 6 attempts it suddenly starts?
(suddenly something fixes itself)
Unfortunatelly after 2 minute timeut starts torment again ...
After 10 minuts of described torture a new unexperienced user decides to delete
Fedora 8 from his hard drive because of this.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
At least disable loop button is fix for the problem.
Created attachment 289732 [details]
Created attachment 289733 [details]
No, no I don't want to click 6-times OK button again! A disable button wanted.
/sbin/init 3 may help somewhat.
fwiw, in F-9, we're getting rid of the curses thing entirely.
why is gdm crashing though? can you attach /var/log/messages ?
I would like to attach mentioned log file, but unfortunatelly vmware image with
Fedora 8 went to hell yesteday ...
I know (because I know from past), `/sbin/init 3` is solution for the situation,
but try to imagine a nervous Linux beginner without google and without time, how
can he guess that the runlevel change stops endless loop ...
My bug report was actually about wrong logical flow without end. Endless loop
without "special" button isn't good solution as reaction on unrecoverable situation.
At least similar help sentence expected:
"To fix your problem change runlevel to 3 `/sbin/init 3`, back to graphics
environment change the runlevel to 5 `/sbin/init 5`.
We're going to get rid of the text mode dialogs entirely in F9. Probably not
going to change anything in F8 (changing strings would require getting
Unfortunately, for a lot of users, even learning about `/sbin/init 3' won't be
enough to recover the system. It's a pretty hard problem (No doubt the looping
is silly though, we've taken that out for F9).