Bug 80364 - kdm stops operating for good - gdm malfunctioning too
Summary: kdm stops operating for good - gdm malfunctioning too
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kdebase
Version: 7.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Than Ngo
QA Contact: Ben Levenson
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-12-25 01:23 UTC by Michal Szabelski
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:49 UTC (History)
0 users

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-11-10 23:53:43 UTC

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Description Michal Szabelski 2002-12-25 01:23:21 UTC
Description of problem:
kdm stopped operating. One day only the text console appeared.
I tried starting kdm manually - it just stopped with no action.
I tried to strace it, gdb it, nothing. It just stops.

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

don't know how to check. Standard kdm with RedHat 7.2

How reproducible:
Maybe you should press reset button (I think I did it)

Steps to Reproduce:
Actual results:

Expected results:

Additional info:
my gdm I switched to is malfunctioning too - when I log out sometimes
the text console appears. gdm _is_ still running (ps -elf).
I cannot kill it - when I try to, it only respawns, so that there is
one more gdm process - strange, isn't it?
I looked at bug #22213 - it is not the same

Comment 1 Michal Szabelski 2002-12-25 01:25:44 UTC
I forgot to mention - my kde is version 2.2-10

Comment 2 Michal Szabelski 2002-12-31 15:10:37 UTC
In case anybody gets interested after Xmas and New Year...
I worked on it. Here's what I found:

At the time being starting eth0 is what is causing the malfunction.
However, I'm not sure that this is the main issue, because kdm stopped working
_before_ we had network connection (we got it in December) and _before_ we
bought our ethernet card.

The card: this is PCI 10/100 LG Rhinefet (on a VIA chipset) that comes with a
which I compiled and installed into kernels (it's rhinefet.o module).

Now, I have two kernels: 2.4.7-10 and 2.4.7-10custom1. The first one is 
standart. The second one is enterprise (not that it gives me anything), slightly
modified - tap device support is turned on,getrusage returns some more data
and a few others. Because I usually use the custom version, I thought maybe I
messed sth up - no, it's all the same with the standart kernel (I rebuilt 
rhinefet.o for it - there is no interaction between two kernels, they have 
separate module directories, source trees, etc.)

I usually start network manually - I have a script that set's up ipchains,
lo, eth0, Sun Chilisoft ASP, and a few other minor things. I thought this might
be the problem - so I turned on "network" in serviconf and rebooted - I got 
just the text console with gdm running, but no display. When I started xdm
manually, it actually worked. I may turn to use xdm, but what if it fails too?

I repeat - this is just a symptom, not the main issue. kdm stopped operating
_before_ I had bought this ethernet card.

One more thing:
up2date says it cannot update kdebase package (reason: config modified).
What does that mean? What config? I customized my desktop: I have my own colors,
8 virtual desktops, modified what's on my panel, changed icon sizes, etc.
Is that what up2date calls 'config'?

I use KDE, my dad uses Fvmw2.
When I start the network, everything is OK until I log off (then I get the text
When my dad starts network, from this point he cannot open any new window.

Another (maybe unrelated, but I don't understand it either):
When my dad opens xterm in his Fvmw2, echo $PATH shows paths which are included
_only_ in /root/.bashrc. Now, the whole /root directory has mode 0750 (root 
root), which means my dad (js users) has no access whatsoever to that directory.
Also /etc/bashrc is sourced twice.
When my dad logs in in any other way (su -l js, or from the text console),
the paths are OK, ie. just as I would expect them to be.(/root/.bashrc in not

Maybe you'll find this useful:

KDE 2.2-10

version 11.0 by XFree86
display: 0.0
Some other version number: 40100000
Screens: one screen, screen 0
1280x1024 pixels (332 x 250 mm)
98 X 104 dpi
Depths: 24,1,4,8,15,16,32
ID 0x32
Depth: 24-bit

uname -a
Linux 251-19.lodz.mm.pl 2.4.7-10custom1 #88 sob lis 23 23:22:47 CET 2002 i686

more /proc/interrupts
  0:     230305          XT-PIC  timer
  1:       9046          XT-PIC  keyboard
  2:          0          XT-PIC  cascade
  8:          1          XT-PIC  rtc
  9:      12125          XT-PIC  Intel ICH2
 11:      10406          XT-PIC  usb-uhci, usb-uhci, eth0
 12:      21375          XT-PIC  PS/2 Mouse
 14:      74031          XT-PIC  ide0
 15:      65518          XT-PIC  ide1
NMI:          0
LOC:          0
ERR:          0
MIS:          0

more /proc/iomem
00000000-0009fbff : System RAM
0009fc00-0009ffff : reserved
000a0000-000bffff : Video RAM area
000c0000-000c7fff : Video ROM
000f0000-000fffff : System ROM
00100000-0ffeffff : System RAM
  00100000-00239827 : Kernel code
  00239828-0024ac5b : Kernel data
0fff0000-0fff2fff : ACPI Non-volatile Storage
0fff3000-0fffffff : ACPI Tables
d0000000-d7ffffff : PCI Bus #01
  d0000000-d7ffffff : nVidia Corporation NV11 DDR
d8000000-dbffffff : PCI device 8086:1130 (Intel Corporation)
dc000000-ddffffff : PCI Bus #01
  dc000000-dcffffff : nVidia Corporation NV11 DDR
de000000-de0fffff : PCI Bus #02
  de000000-de0000ff : PCI device 1106:3106 (VIA Technologies, Inc.)
ffb00000-ffffffff : reserved

more /proc/ioports
0000-001f : dma1
0020-003f : pic1
0040-005f : timer
0060-006f : keyboard
0070-007f : rtc
0080-008f : dma page reg
00a0-00bf : pic2
00c0-00df : dma2
00f0-00ff : fpu
0170-0177 : ide1
01f0-01f7 : ide0
02f8-02ff : serial(auto)
0376-0376 : ide1
03c0-03df : vga+
03f6-03f6 : ide0
03f8-03ff : serial(auto)
0cf8-0cff : PCI conf1
5000-500f : Intel Corporation 82801BA(M) SMBus
c000-cfff : PCI Bus #02
  c000-c0ff : PCI device 1106:3106 (VIA Technologies, Inc.)
    c000-c0ff : rhinefet
d000-d01f : Intel Corporation 82801BA(M) USB (Hub A)
  d000-d01f : usb-uhci
d400-d41f : Intel Corporation 82801BA(M) USB (Hub B)
  d400-d41f : usb-uhci
d800-d8ff : Intel Corporation 82801BA(M) AC'97 Audio
  d800-d8ff : Intel ICH2
dc00-dc3f : Intel Corporation 82801BA(M) AC'97 Audio
  dc00-dc3f : Intel ICH2
f000-f00f : Intel Corporation 82801BA IDE U100
  f000-f007 : ide0
  f008-f00f : ide1

Graphics Card:
NVidia GeForce 2 MX 200 NV11 DDR

LG Flatron 795FT

Celeron (Coppermine) 850MHz
Stepping: 10
Cache size: 128 KB


40 GB HardDrive (IDE I think) - primary master (Geom: 77545/16/63) (Model: 
SONY CR-DOM 52x - secondary master CDU-5221
Lite-On CR-RW 48/16/48 - secondary slave LTR-45125S
82801 BA/BAM ICH2 AC'97 Audio Controller (on-motherboard one) Intel
82815 815 Chipset Host Bridge and Memory Controller Hub Intel
82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset ISA Bridge (ICH2) Intel
Two USB UHCI Root Hubs (82820 Camino 2 Chipset USB Hubs A and B) Intel
3.5 1.44 MB floppy (some generic)
No USB devices
No PCMCIA devices
PS/2 3 Button + roller Mouse

239 MB swap partition
I add another 1GB of swap space with swapon (I tried not to do that in case it 
is causing problems, but no)

The system is dual-booted with Windows XP

Comment 3 Than Ngo 2003-11-10 23:53:43 UTC
please update to current release, which should fix this problem

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