Bug 470824 - GDM won't start a desktop session.
GDM won't start a desktop session.
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: jmccann
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-11-10 09:22 EST by Björn Persson
Modified: 2015-01-14 18:22 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 01:49:05 EST
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Description Björn Persson 2008-11-10 09:22:13 EST
Description of problem:
All of a sudden I can no longer log in through GDM. Nothing happens after I type the password. A workaround is to log in in text mode and create the file /etc/sysconfig/desktop with the content "DISPLAYMANAGER=KDE".
I set the severity to high because to most people this problem would make the computer completely useless.

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How reproducible:
Always, although I can't see why it'd start happening now.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot into runlevel 5. The GDM login screen appears.
2. Type a username.
3. Type a password, right or wrong.
Actual results:
When I press Enter after typing the password, the password field is greyed out and then nothing more happens. GDM still responds to mouse clicks, so I can for example open and close the dialog box for choosing between desktop environments, but I can't find any way to proceed and actually start the desktop environment.

Expected results:
If the password is right, the login screen should disappear and a desktop session should start. If the password is wrong, I should get a chance to try again.

Additional info:
First I suspected the graphics driver, but when I uninstalled that and used a different driver the problem persisted. Then I thought my user settings might be messed up, so I created an entirely new user account, but I couldn't log in as that user either. I use KDE. The new account would presumably have gotten Gnome.

None of the packages that have been updated since the previous boot look like they should have any impact on the display manager. It's been over four months since the current version of GDM was installed, but it does seem like the bug is in GDM since switching to KDM worked around the problem.
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