Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 441338
gdm misbehaves when gnome-session isn't installed
Last modified: 2015-01-14 18:20:49 EST
Description of problem:
I have installed my system by deselecting GNOME desktop, ie. only KDE is
installed. Here is what I see:
- select a user in gdm: session button is empty, although KDE session is
available on the system
- login, gdm disappears, session doesn't come up, BUT X server stays up on vt7!
- gdm log file has a warning about "Default session not found"
- gdm restarts, detects X on vt7, starts new X server on vt8 (and here my system
goes into hard-lock after some seconds, but that might be a problem of the
If I install "gnome-session" by hand login starts to work. The session button
now shows GNOME & KDE when you enter a user name. You can now successfully
startup a KDE session.
Wild guess: KDE session is symbolic link:
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 45 2008-04-04 22:30 kde.desktop ->
Maybe gdm doesn't like it that it only finds a symbolic link...
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
This should be fixed as of last nights gdm build:
* Mon Apr 07 2008 Ray Strode <firstname.lastname@example.org> - 1:2.21.10-0.2008.04.07.3
- Disable image for automatic login and other user
- Act more sanely if gnome isn't installed
Confirmed, gdm works OK now. Thanks.