Bug 4846 - gdm.pid...is this a bug?
gdm.pid...is this a bug?
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Elliot Lee
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Reported: 1999-09-01 23:43 EDT by watha
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-11-02 12:17:32 EST
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Description watha 1999-09-01 23:43:33 EDT
Some background: I'm running RedHat 6 on an old DEC Pentium
90 computer with
onboard S3 video.

While working to set up Samba on my computer, I tried to
Enlightenment.  The system crashed, and I had no choice but
to power down in
order to reboot.  Now it's doing something utterly bizarre.

I'm set to runlevel 5, so it's supposed to go into x
automatically.  The
computer tries to do so...or at least I think that's what
it's doing.  The
screen just keeps flashing on and off, over and over, for
about a minute.
When it finally stops, this message appears, over and over:

"According to /var/run/gdm.pid, gdm was already running
(697), but seems to
have been murdered mysteriously."

This appears about a dozen times, with different job
numbers each time.
Then at the end:

"INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes."

Sure enough, the cycle repeats itself every five minutes.

When I try to go into X manually, I get an error message
like this:

Fatal server error:
Cannot open mouse (No such device)

I do have a mouse, and it worked fine up till the system

Now...what does all this mean?  Help!  Please....?
Comment 1 Michael K. Johnson 1999-09-25 01:11:59 EDT
Have you tried removing /var/run/gdm.pid?

(We're probably moving to a newer version of gdm for the
upcoming release of Red Hat Linux 6.1, which may be the
best way to fix the bug.)

------- Additional Comments From   10/29/99 23:11 -------
This also happens on my AlphaStation 4/200 machine running RedHat 6.0
Linux.  Something is killing the X font server (xfs), and gdm can't
start a new session until xfs is restarted.  If you log in through
another terminal when this is happening as root and
type "/etc/rc.d/init.d/xfs start" then the problem disappears. (once
anyways).  I do not know why xfs is dieing.  There is no good
information in the logs.
Comment 2 mkp 1999-11-01 14:32:59 EST
The ``murdered mysteriously'' message is informal and not critial. gdm
gracefully handles when a pidfile exists but no daemon is running.

I have implemented /sbin/init-like repawn control to my working tree
to avoid restarting X servers.

Regarding the xfs bug: No clue, but I've seen it on several machines.
Comment 3 Elliot Lee 1999-11-02 12:17:59 EST
A compiler bug causes xfs to crash under certain conditions. This one
is fixed in 6.1.

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