If X is removed from the system, after boot is finished you get a balnk screen with a cursor blinking and no indication everything is fine.
You can switch to a text console with the usual ctrl+alt+ combinations but the system should either show you a shell or at least give some message that says boot is completed and how to switch to one of the terminals.
A complete blank screen seem wrong.
(note: happens after an upgrade from f15, haven't tried on a clean install)
By 'shell' I actually meant a login prompt, sorry.
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What does "systemctl status prefdm.service" say in this situation?
If the service is running, from systemd's point of view everything is fine.
Is this still an issue or can this bug be closed?
just tried after updating a f16 machine to f17, still happening.
Ah and "systemctl status prefdm.service" says 'failed'
so when it fails, systemd will respawn it. The service will quickly fail again. This repeats until the burst limit is reached. Then systemd will refuse to start the unit again and the unit stays in the failed state.
At that time you'd probably want systemd to start email@example.com (or perhaps do a switch to multi-user.target, or even a dedicated troubleshooting target). OnFailure= won't work here because that would trigger already when prefdm died the first time. StartLimitAction= triggers at the right event, but it is limited to rebooting (it was designed for watchdog purposes). The solution might be to make StartLimitAction more generic.
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