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Bug 450330 - gdm crashes
gdm crashes
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
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x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: jmccann
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Reported: 2008-06-06 14:04 EDT by David Lutterkort
Modified: 2015-01-14 18:21 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 11:32:30 EDT
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Description David Lutterkort 2008-06-06 14:04:36 EDT
Description of problem:

gdm crashes. Not sure what info helps debugging this; this is on my laptop
(Lenovo T60) using the internal display. X.org starts fine if I boot into
runlevel 3 and run it with startx; there are also no errors in Xorg.0.log when
the gdm crashes happen and gdm gets to the point where it displays the login box
with the box saying just 'Other...'

The only unusual things I can think of are that I have gdm set to log me in
automatically, and that my homedir is automounted, though from the laptop
locally, so that it is bindmounted.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
gdm-2.22.0-5.fc9.x86_64

Additional info:
The /var/log/messages is at http://lutter.fedorapeople.org/messages-gdm-crash.log.gz
Comment 1 David Lutterkort 2008-06-06 18:32:17 EDT
This gets weirder: while I was trying to figure out what exactly causes the
crash, I changed my home directory by editing /etc/passwd from /homes/lutter
(the bindmounted one) to /home/lutter (ext3 file system, target of the bindmount)

Sure enough, that makes gdm behave again, and the greeter comes up and I can log in.

The strange thing is that when I changed my homedir back to /homes/lutter, gdm
kept behaving, even after a reboot. I can now log in, even with my bindmounted
homedir. Does gdm cache any information in separate files ? 
Comment 2 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-06-07 19:26:53 EDT
not that would affect this.

It stores a file in the users home directory called ~/.dmrc, and it stores some
transient information per login in /var

ConsoleKit stores some information about the users in /var/log/ConsoleKit.

Note the gdm that shipped in F9 GA fell over in the scenario where the home
directory wasn't available early enough because of a last minute change before GA.

We pushed an update afterward that should address this issue (see bug 445613). 
The update was in the version you mentioned (gdm-2.22.0-5.fc9). 

Could it be you installed the update but hadn't restarted gdm yet and that's why
the reboot "fixed" things?
Comment 3 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-06-08 00:17:14 EDT
looking at the log I see:

Jun  6 09:29:03 galia console-kit-daemon[2752]: WARNING: Couldn't connect to
system bus: Failed to connect to socket /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket:
Connection refused

This suggests the system message bus wasn't running which could cause all sorts
of problems.
Comment 4 David Lutterkort 2008-06-09 13:19:44 EDT
(In reply to comment #2)

> Could it be you installed the update but hadn't restarted gdm yet and that's why
> the reboot "fixed" things?

No, because I went through several cycles of 'boot - gdm keeps crashing -
reboot'; the crashing kept happening consistently on reboot until I changed my
home dir from autofs -> local partition and then didn't reappear after a change
from local partition -> autofs.
Comment 5 David Lutterkort 2008-06-09 13:20:36 EDT
(In reply to comment #3)
> Jun  6 09:29:03 galia console-kit-daemon[2752]: WARNING: Couldn't connect to
> system bus: Failed to connect to socket /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket:
> Connection refused
> 
> This suggests the system message bus wasn't running which could cause all sorts
> of problems.

This is from the shutdown preceding the first time I encountered the problem;
subsequent reboot attempts start at Jun  6 09:47:54
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