Bug 441338 - gdm misbehaves when gnome-session isn't installed
gdm misbehaves when gnome-session isn't installed
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: jmccann
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-04-07 13:02 EDT by Stefan Becker
Modified: 2015-01-14 18:20 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-04-08 11:50:35 EDT
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Description Stefan Becker 2008-04-07 13:02:11 EDT
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...

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Comment 1 Matthias Clasen 2008-04-08 11:50:35 EDT
This should be fixed as of last nights gdm build:

* Mon Apr 07 2008 Ray Strode <rstrode@redhat.com> - 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
Comment 2 Stefan Becker 2008-04-08 12:46:10 EDT
Confirmed, gdm works OK now. Thanks.

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