Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 497727
gdm should check user's home directory exists before login
Last modified: 2015-01-14 18:22:57 EST
gdm should check if the user's home directory exists before continuing with login, and warn the user if it does not exist. This might happen if a /home partition is not mounted
Steps to Reproduce:
1. in single user mode, umount /home
2. return to graphical desktop, telinit 5
3. try to log in
A bunch of error alerts including 'cannot set permissions on .ICEauthority' that are not indicative of the problem. The desktop never appears (no panel etc).
gdm warns the user that their home directory does not exist, and gives them an opportunity to cancel the login.
A smart gdm would help the user diagnose and fix the problem. Offer to open a [graphical] terminal for root (requiring password, obviously). The best behaviour would include
1. User fills in username and password prompts
2. gdm checks /home/user exists
If not: Alert "/home/user was not found. This appears to be because the system's /home partition is not mounted.'
options: mount /home now (requires root password), cancel login
3. Mount /home
4. Continue with log in as normal
[ Alternatively, should /home have been remounted when I ran telinit 5 ? ]
gdm is not a debug tool for your setup problems...
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