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Bug 476749 - no error messages or tty1 fallback for gdm/X-server failure
no error messages or tty1 fallback for gdm/X-server failure
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: upstart (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Casey Dahlin
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On: 476747
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Reported: 2008-12-16 17:09 EST by Roland McGrath
Modified: 2014-06-18 04:46 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-12-18 02:18:49 EST
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Description Roland McGrath 2008-12-16 17:09:16 EST
Description of problem:

When the X server fails to start, there are no error messages on the console,
and tty1 does not revert to a text login prompt.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. echo lose > /etc/X11/xorg.conf
2. reboot
3. in boot loader, remove "rhgb" from command line
Actual results:

Last message is "Starting anacron", no more output on tty1.

Expected results:

Show some messages about gdm/X failing, then switch to text login prompt.

Additional info:

Note that bug 476747 makes this far worse when "rhgb" is in the command line and you get the "solar" graphical boot screen.

Without graphical boot, it is possible to hit Alt-F2 and get a text login on tty2.  But this is very nonobvious, and a user will usually just wait several minutes to see if it finishes starting up or says something useful.
Comment 1 Casey Dahlin 2008-12-16 17:14:13 EST
this is probably an issue with the actual scripts/jobs. Bill?
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2008-12-16 22:51:38 EST
That's nontrivial to implement in that way; there's no event emitted for 'respawn limit hit'.
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