Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 597457
gdm does not offer "default" or "failsafe" sessions
Last modified: 2015-01-14 18:25:31 EST
Description of problem:
At the gdm login screen after selecting a login account, down at
the bottom bar it presents possible sessions in a "Sessions" box.
Only two are presented, "GNOME" and "KDE". Under RHEL5, "Default
System Session", "Failsafe terminal", and "Last session" were also
In my environment, I have my ~/.dmrc file's "Session" variable
set to "default" because I run my own X login session. With
RHEL6, it will not let me have this session and upon loggin in
will overwrite my ~/.dmrc file with "gnome".
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Go to gdm login screen and select an account
2. Click on "Sessions" box at bottom of screen.
Just "KDE" and "GNOME" are presented.
To be able to at least have "Default System Session" and "Failsafe
terminal", and "Last session" as with RHEL5 systems.
I worked around this gdm limitation by copying the file
/usr/share/gdm/BuiltInSessions/default.desktop from a RHEL5 file
system to same place on the RHEL6 file system. Now I can at
least select "Default System Session" from gdm now and it
does the right thing -- "default" is passed as argument 1 to
/etc/X11/xinit/Xsession when it is started.
I don't know why default.desktop is missing from RHEL6. if under
this version of gdm there's a new way or different way now to select
or present "Default System Session" that I just don't know about,
please let me know.
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This functionality, with the exception of Failsafe, is now provided by the xorg-x11-xinit-session package. For Failsafe you can create a new desktop file to provide such a session.
Ah, the xorg-x11-xinit-session RPM is not part of the RHEL6 Beta release. For a "Beta" release, it's not very functionally complete dropping hundreds of RPMs.
I hope Red Hat considers adding a package to restore the failsafe functionality. It's used very infrequently, but is very helpful when it is needed.