Bug 477840 - gdm does a horrible job of handling broken X configurations
gdm does a horrible job of handling broken X configurations
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: jmccann
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-12-23 23:39 EST by Ben Gamari
Modified: 2015-01-14 18:22 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2010-06-28 07:01:24 EDT
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Description Ben Gamari 2008-12-23 23:39:52 EST
Description of problem:
In Fedora 10, GDM is positively horrible at handling broken X configurations which cause the server to crash soon (or immediately) after starting. Instead of stopping gracefully after a certain number of failures like earlier versions of gdm did, it now continues incessantly hoping that the n+1 iteration will be more sucessful than the nth, where n tends to infinity. Moreover, it is generally not even possible to get to a terminal for long enough to login and kill gdm. 

This is ridiculous. I don't know what happened to gdm's original behavior in this situation, but it should be brought back. For someone working with X packages frequently without a remote machine, this is extremely aggravating.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
gdm.x86_64                       1:2.24.1-4.fc10                       installed

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install an xserver which segfaults on startup
2. Restart gdm
3. Watch as gdm launches a continuous stream of servers

Expected results:
gdm handles this situation sanely, stopping after a certain number of short-lived servers thereby dropping the user safely into a terminal.
Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 06:29:18 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.

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Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2010-06-28 07:01:24 EDT
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