Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 491251
kdm failsafe... fails, XTerm isn't installed by default
Last modified: 2013-01-10 00:06:23 EST
Description of problem: xterm doesn't seem to be installed by default after an install with a KDE LiveCD. I haven't checked with gnome. KDM has a failsafe session option which uses xterm. So if something breaks, dropping to a normal vt is required to fix anything.
How reproducible: Easily.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora from a KDE LiveCD
2. Try the failsafe xterm session
3. Wonder why you get dropped back to the login screen without any kind of 'failsafe session'
Dropping back to KDM
An unmanaged xterm window
This has happened on a fresh install of Fedora 10 as well.
Adding maintainer of kdebase-workspace which contains kdm to CC list.
If it needs it for its session definition, it should require it.
I'll take a look.
Any opinions? Which of these is preferable?
1. add Requires: xterm,
2. default to and Requires something else for a failsafe session?
3. don't add a hard Requires, and just add it to comps (so it gets installed by default)
4. other? profit!
While we're at it, can also fix the xsession path in kdmrc too.
Fixed in kde-settings-4.2-8.20090427svn.fc11 , requested tag for dist-f11
Hmm, one colleague just complained that xterm wants to remove half of his KDE. Maybe 3. would be better solution?
I'll look into it. In the meantime, having xterm installed isn't exactly harmful (and takes < 1mb space)
I don't see a clean solution. Leaving xterm not-required, I think, will result in a "failsafe" option being listed in kdm that simply won't work as advertised.
On the other hand, xterm is really obsolete and you'll want to use Konsole instead in all regular use. But of course Konsole is not really failsafe: if KDE is broken, chances are Konsole is too. So I see why the failsafe session uses xterm.