Bug 521174 - No text box appears for entering login name
Summary: No text box appears for entering login name
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm
Version: 12
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: jmccann
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2009-09-04 04:24 UTC by Bob Shanteau
Modified: 2015-01-14 23:23 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2010-12-05 06:29:30 UTC
Type: ---

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Screen shot of login screen with no entry box (455.55 KB, image/jpeg)
2009-09-04 04:24 UTC, Bob Shanteau
no flags Details
Snapshot of /var/log/messages after a clean boot (128.48 KB, application/octet-stream)
2009-09-24 07:01 UTC, Mathieu Chouquet-Stringer
no flags Details

Description Bob Shanteau 2009-09-04 04:24:31 UTC
Created attachment 359746 [details]
Screen shot of login screen with no entry box

Description of problem:
Login screen has no text box for entering login name

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

How reproducible:
Install Rawhide using boot.iso

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Rawhide using boot.iso dated 2009-9-3
2. Reboot to login screen
3. No text box appears
Actual results:
No text box appears

Expected results:
Text box appears for entering login name

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bob Shanteau 2009-09-04 23:55:45 UTC
I just removed the nVidia 6200 video card and replace it with an ATI Radeon 700, reinstalled Rawhide using the CD made from the same boot.iso and I did not have the problem with the login screen.

Comment 2 Sergey Rudchenko 2009-09-17 18:11:37 UTC
Thank you for the bug report.

Has the first installation finished gracefully? Did you create a user during installation?


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Comment 3 Mathieu Chouquet-Stringer 2009-09-21 19:28:10 UTC

I just upgraded my F11 to F12 Alpha then caught up with Rawhide and I'm now running gdm 2.27.90-2.fc12 and I'm having the same exact issue...

No input box to enter a login name...  If you need anything feel free to ask.

Comment 4 Sergey Rudchenko 2009-09-23 18:39:26 UTC
Hello Mathieu,

Thank you for your time.
Please do a regular boot into gdm (reproducing the problem) and attach your /var/log/messages to this bugreport.


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Comment 5 Mathieu Chouquet-Stringer 2009-09-24 07:01:28 UTC
Created attachment 362439 [details]
Snapshot of /var/log/messages after a clean boot

Comment 6 Mathieu Chouquet-Stringer 2009-09-24 07:02:49 UTC
Hello Sergey,

I attached my messages file, hope it helps...

Comment 7 Mathieu Chouquet-Stringer 2009-09-25 09:21:47 UTC
Last night I upgraded to latest rawhide update for gdm (2.28.0-1.fc12): same thing...

Comment 8 Bob Shanteau 2009-09-27 22:20:09 UTC
I just installed Rawhide using the 09-9-25 boot.iso on three machines with Nvidia video cards (5200, 6200 and 7300) and the login text box appeared each time. As far as I'm concerned, this bug is resolved.

Comment 9 Ray Strode [halfline] 2009-09-29 14:19:54 UTC
I believe this was an issue that was resolved in 2.28.0-2.fc12.  Closing.  Please reopen if it's still a problem.

Comment 10 Mathieu Chouquet-Stringer 2009-10-01 15:53:16 UTC

In my case, all along the way, I had no text box because I had disabled it through /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list in gconf...

Except in the older version of gdm, you still had a chance to type in your username even without an user list...

Comment 11 Emmanuel Thomé 2009-10-07 14:16:32 UTC
This bug is still present as of


My machine's desired setup has _no_ local user, all users are via NIS. And anyway, I dislike having the user list displayed. Depending on the following choices, I have different results:

- A local user is configured, and /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list is not set:
  --> I can pick the local user
  --> I can also click on ``other'' and type another user name from e.g. the NIS database.

- A local user is configured, however /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list is set (with gconftool-2 --direct --config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults  --set /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list --type bool true)
  --> I see no user list.
  --> I have no ``other'' label to click on either.
  --> I see the ``suspend'',``restart'',``shutdown'' buttons (unless disabled), as well as a ``log in'' button (which obviously does not work.
  ==> Users cannot log in.

- No local user is configured, no matter what: same as just above.



Comment 12 Mathieu Chouquet-Stringer 2009-10-07 17:45:46 UTC
I agree, that's why I had disabled it in the first place...  But with the newer version of gdm, disable_user_list also means you don't get a chance to type in your user name: counter intuitive...

How does one reopen a bug?  It seems I can't do it...

Comment 13 Bug Zapper 2009-11-16 11:58:22 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 12 development cycle.
Changing version to '12'.

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