Bug 808667 - Cannot type at all at GDM login screen.
Summary: Cannot type at all at GDM login screen.
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm
Version: 17
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ray Strode [halfline]
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-03-31 05:57 UTC by Stef Walter
Modified: 2013-08-01 10:07 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2013-08-01 10:07:06 UTC
Type: ---

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Xorg.0.log from when the problem is happening (97.46 KB, text/plain)
2012-05-13 04:50 UTC, Stef Walter
no flags Details
Xorg.0.log (41.37 KB, text/plain)
2012-09-06 17:51 UTC, Salvatore Filippone
no flags Details

Description Stef Walter 2012-03-31 05:57:19 UTC
Description of problem:

No keystrokes work at all at the GDM login screen. Mouse clicks respond, but the keyboard doesn't work at all. For example typing the password in the password field just doesn't respond. Pressing keys has absolutely no response, no beep no nothing.

Work around is to suspend (using the menu in the top right corner) and then resume. After this the keyboard works.

This is a desktop computer. Would be happy to provide further info.

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

Linux stef-desktop.thewalter.lan 3.3.0-5.fc17.x86_64 #1 SMP Fri Mar 23 20:10:36 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Name        : gdm
Arch        : x86_64
Epoch       : 1
Version     :
Release     : 1.fc17

How reproducible:

Used to be intermittent. With recent F17 updates, this seems to now happen on every boot.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Turn on computer.
2. Try to log in.
Actual results:

Cannot log in.

Expected results:

Can use keyboard to log in.

Comment 1 Stef Walter 2012-03-31 05:59:16 UTC
Different from bug #803907 in that there's no beep when I type.

Comment 2 Stef Walter 2012-05-02 05:59:15 UTC
Seeing this again for the last few days.

Comment 3 Ray Strode [halfline] 2012-05-03 17:46:33 UTC
Can you switch VTs ?

Comment 4 Ray Strode [halfline] 2012-05-03 17:49:46 UTC
Seemingly an X issue.  Peter, any ideas?

Comment 5 Stef Walter 2012-05-08 07:22:46 UTC
Happened again today. Cannot switch VTs. The keyboard seems completely locked. For example pressing numlock does not change the numlock indicator state.

GDM is otherwise responsive to the mouse. I usually use the mouse to suspend the machine. After resuming the machine (using the power button) I'm returned to the GDM login screen and the keyboard is responsive. It seems that this workaround always works.

Comment 6 Ray Strode [halfline] 2012-05-08 14:45:02 UTC
if you ssh in from another machine and run the chvt command twice (switch to a different VT, then switch back) does the keyboard start working again?

Can you post /var/log/Xorg.0.log when the problem happens ?

Comment 7 Peter Hutterer 2012-05-08 21:55:48 UTC
can I get the Xorg.log please?

Comment 8 Peter Hutterer 2012-05-09 21:57:09 UTC
also, do you see the same behaviour when starting in to the multi-user.target and then start X manually with startx?

Comment 9 Stef Walter 2012-05-10 04:51:48 UTC
This happens in batches (for the last six months or so), and for the last few days it hasn't manifested itself. Will get this info when it happens again.

Comment 10 Stef Walter 2012-05-13 04:50:45 UTC
Created attachment 584093 [details]
Xorg.0.log from when the problem is happening

This was scp'd from the machine while GDM was unresponsive to the keyboard.

Comment 11 Stef Walter 2012-05-13 04:52:53 UTC
(In reply to comment #6)
> if you ssh in from another machine and run the chvt command twice (switch to a
> different VT, then switch back) does the keyboard start working again?

If I change VT (via chvt while ssh'd in) I still cannot type at the keyboard whether at the text VT or at GDM.

Comment 12 Peter Hutterer 2012-05-14 00:40:23 UTC
stab in the dark: same issue if you use qwerty instead of dvorak?

Comment 13 Stef Walter 2012-06-29 14:48:44 UTC
I updated to a partial rawhide and this no longer happens. Although gnome-shell is no longer being used at the gdm login screen, so it may be that my system is atypical.

I also tried using qwerty in xorg.conf instead of dvorak, and for a couple weeks the problem didn't occur. However I've had similar blocks of time when using the keyboard at the GDM login screen worked.

I'll let you know if this happens again.

Comment 14 Stef Walter 2012-08-03 09:47:03 UTC
Confirming that with qwerty in xorg.conf this problem has not happened again.

Comment 15 Salvatore Filippone 2012-09-05 08:32:23 UTC
I am seeing same symptoms on an FC16 desktop install at home. I sure never enabled explicitly dvorak; ssh works fine, will try the other suggestions tonight and send all info I can find

Comment 16 Salvatore Filippone 2012-09-05 17:41:13 UTC
Ok, so I tried chvt and I issued telinit 3; then I issued startx from a user account, and everything works properly. It looks like it is a problem with gdm.
I am trying to update to FC17 to see if it makes a difference; at least I shall report against the latest version available.

Comment 17 Salvatore Filippone 2012-09-06 17:51:42 UTC
Created attachment 610444 [details]

Comment 18 Salvatore Filippone 2012-09-06 17:54:12 UTC
Ok, so this is from an upgrade to FC17 from the same machine. 
This is really really annoying; none of the other suggestions work, except maybe for going to initlevel 3 and doing startx from the command line (something I can do, but not the rest of my family). 
Any ideas? (Short of reinstalling?)

Any further info needed? 

Comment 19 Salvatore Filippone 2012-09-06 17:57:30 UTC
Just in case...

[root@localhost ~]# uname -a
Linux localhost.localdomain 3.5.3-1.fc17.x86_64 #1 SMP Wed Aug 29 18:46:34 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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