Bug 447001 - Gnome Login Fails Immediately and Returns to Login Screen
Summary: Gnome Login Fails Immediately and Returns to Login Screen
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm
Version: 9
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: jmccann
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-05-16 22:13 UTC by Robert Banfield
Modified: 2015-01-14 23:21 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 15:32:16 UTC

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Description Robert Banfield 2008-05-16 22:13:11 UTC
Description of problem:
When I attempt to log in to gnome, it accepts my password then immediately takes
me to the login prompt again.  I can not log in as root or any local user.  I do
not know which log files to look at for more information, but I can obtain
whatever is necessary.  I updated my system via yum today (5/16/2008), however
there was no update which fixed the problem.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
The version which shipped with Fedora 9

How reproducible:
Every single time, gnome is entirely unusable.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Turn on computer
2.Try to login at the graphical prompt (using root or user account)
Actual results:
Returns to the login screen

Expected results:
Play with Fedora 9 with an honest to goodness Desktop (!)

Additional info:
I can log in perfectly fine in runlevel 3.  If I then type in "startx", I am
taken to the ugly X grey screen with the Xterm, no gnome.

Comment 1 Peter Oliver 2008-05-19 18:48:04 UTC
I had the same symptoms.  The cause turned out to be that /etc/gdm was a symlink
to ./X11/gdm rather than a real directory, which meant that /etc/gdm/Xsession
(which is a link to ../X11/xinit/Xsession) could not be found.

Comment 2 Robert Banfield 2008-05-19 19:42:18 UTC
Thanks for the info.  I believe my machine may be showing the same symptoms for
a different reason as /etc/gdm is a directory and the symlink from
/etc/gdm/Xsession to ../X11/xinit/Xsession appears to be setup correctly.


[root@localhost gdm]# ls -ld /etc/gdm
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 2008-05-13 19:57 /etc/gdm

[root@localhost gdm]# ls -l /etc/gdm/Xsession 
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 21 2008-05-13 19:57 /etc/gdm/Xsession ->

[root@localhost gdm]# ls -l /etc/gdm/../X11/xinit/Xsession
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3259 2008-03-12 12:57 /etc/gdm/../X11/xinit/Xsession


Thanks again for the info, and please let me know if there is anything more I
can do.

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