Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 433636
DBUS fails to start at all if an invalid config file is present
Last modified: 2013-03-05 22:54:43 EST
So, while working on PackageKit, I accidentally put an invalid conf file into
At the next boot, DBUS failed to start at all because of the configuration error
- I'm afraid I didn't write down the exact error, and it doesn't seem to have
made it into /var/log/messages, but the gist of it was that one of my 'policy'
sections didn't have any of the required parameters ('at_console', 'user', etc.)
Since dbus not running *also* seems to cause GDM to crash, and dbus is becoming
more integrated into the OS every day, I suggest it should be more tolerant of
configuration errors - just skip loading that configuration file and continue,
instead of failing to start. Granted that this won't happen unless some yahoo
is mucking about in the config files without knowing what he's doing, but still.
Hrm. I was wrong about GDM crashing, I misread my logs. Something else broke,
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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not just invalid confs, actually any conf will break it
in my case GDM did not receive its configuration (no background is shown)
This same behavior is also exhibited in Fedora 10, updated to latest packages as of 01/06/2009, in particular dbus-1.2.4-2.
Several packages create empty files as place holders which then cause the system to fail to startup properly. These empty files are:
Removing or relocating empty files allows the system to startup properly.
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