Bug 81210 - Pressing Caps Lock twice when entering password causes restart of X
Summary: Pressing Caps Lock twice when entering password causes restart of X
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: libgnomecanvas
Version: phoebe
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Alexander Larsson
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
Blocks: 79579
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-01-06 20:06 UTC by Miloslav Trmac
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:49 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2003-02-19 19:34:05 UTC

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Backtrace (1.70 KB, text/plain)
2003-01-21 11:12 UTC, Miloslav Trmac
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Description Miloslav Trmac 2003-01-06 20:06:23 UTC
Steps to Reproduce:
0.Vanilla install, Czech language and keyboard
1.Insert your user name, press Caps Lock twice, press Enter
2.Insert the password, press Caps Lock twice
3.Boot into Failsafe session [not required, just for faster reproducing],
  press Enter to log in
4.In the terminal, enter
        setxkbmap -symbols 'czsk(us_cz_qwerty)' -compat group_led
  (This, except for s/symbols/layout/', is the setup I use in RHL 8.0
    without these problems. -layout causes error messages in Phoebe)
5.Log out
6.Insert your user name, press Caps Lock twice, press Enter
7.Insert the password, press Caps Lock twice
Actual results:
Nothing unusual in 1., 2. and 6. After pressing Caps Lock for the second
time in .7, X restarts.

Expected results:

Additional info:

Comment 1 Edmund Lam 2003-01-11 14:41:48 UTC
I've experienced this bug too. I'll give my two cents to help isolate the
conditions when it occurs.

My system is a Toshiba Satellite 3000 laptop with the i686 kernel and the vesa
driver under X driving the Nvidia Go chip. I doubt any of this matters though.

To reproduce
1) My system boots into runlevel 5
2) For the username, type "a", then "A", then "a" using the CapsLock to change
case. Notice the "You've got capslock on!" message being displayed. I'm not sure
whether this step is strictly neccessary.
3) For the password, simply switch the CapsLock on then off. Notice that the
"You've got capslock on!" message does not display. X/gdm-binary/gdmgreeter
crashes as soon as CapsLock is switched off.

I'm running the system with US English. I don't even need to logon with a valid
username/password to trigger this bug. I tried debugging from the virtual
console using strace and ltrace. Nothing crashes in such circumstances, but the
"You've got capslock on!" message is not displayed, so I still know there is a
bug. However, upon the killing of the ltrace or strace process monitoring  the
gdmgreeter process, a crash occurs when the user switches back to the X console
(ie Alt-F7) without further keyboard input to gdm. My gut feeling is that it is
gdmgreeter's fault.

Comment 2 Havoc Pennington 2003-01-11 16:12:03 UTC
You might check the gdm log files, and see if anything ended up in there.

Comment 3 Havoc Pennington 2003-01-12 19:28:11 UTC
From George:

I'm wondering if this bug can be "fixed" by just setting:
I'm starting to lean towards just making that the default since there just
seem to be too many issues connected with just -HUP ing the X server.  And
perhaps remove the -HUPing code and always have the slave quit.  I think I
will do that right now in fact in CVS.  It gives an ugly flicker since the
X server will change vt to vt1 when it ends and then back to vt7, but oh
well, who cares.

Comment 4 Edmund Lam 2003-01-13 01:40:21 UTC
Altering the AlwaysRestartServer variable in /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf does not stop
the bug from occuring. gdm/X/whatever still crashes.

Furthermore, I've checked the /var/log/gdm/:0.log* files and there are no errors
of any sort. Last line in these logfiles were:
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config"

Incidentally, I've changed my greeter from the default "graphical" greeter to
the "standard" greeter (which isn't the default, but still graphical) as seen in
the program ``gdmsetup''. It doesn't crash anymore. The effect is that gdm-login
is used rather than gdmgreeter. This points the bug squarely at gdmgreeter.

Furthermore, using the "graphical" greeter, but with a different theme (either
Circles or Happy GNOME) also seems to solve the problem -- odd. This indicates
that either the theme (if it has code) has bugs in it or it is triggering bugs
in gdmgreeter.

Comment 5 Owen Taylor 2003-01-16 21:19:59 UTC
Taking gdm target/blockers.

Comment 6 Owen Taylor 2003-01-17 00:38:33 UTC
I doubt this has/had anything to do with restarting the server or
the Xkb configuration when logged in. Most likely it is/was some 
straightforward greeter crash.

I can't reproduce it though..

Can you reproduce it with from Rawhide?

Comment 7 Edmund Lam 2003-01-18 03:20:25 UTC
Owen, if you're referring to me to install the package from Rawhide, you'd have
to wait another few weeks. I've recently wiped phoebe and gone back to 8.0 for
"Real Work".

I might try the phoebe gdm on RH8.0 to see if I can reproduce the bug and the
Rawhide gdm on RH8.0 to see if it can fix it. Might be a wait though.

Comment 8 Miloslav Trmac 2003-01-21 11:11:05 UTC
Did another (fairly minimal) install, and it is now reproducible regardless
of Xkb setting. Using the suggested package (although with --oldpackage, I
didn't have gtk 2.2 final handy) causes the same.

It is a crash in gdmgreeter, attaching traceback from the Phoebe 1 version.

[Side note: Are/will the -debuginfo packages be available?]

Comment 9 Miloslav Trmac 2003-01-21 11:12:06 UTC
Created attachment 89457 [details]

Comment 10 Owen Taylor 2003-01-21 16:39:19 UTC
Thanks for the backtrace -- apparently this is a libgnomecanvas bug, see:


libgnomecanvas is supposed to fix; so we need to upgrade that

Comment 11 Alexander Larsson 2003-01-31 12:30:58 UTC
libgnomecanvas is in rawhide, so should be fixed now.

Comment 12 Miloslav Trmac 2003-02-14 20:56:44 UTC
I indeed can't reproduce the crash with gdm- and libgnomecanvas-
1) enter any username
2) start entering a password, press Caps Lock
3) enter a bad password
a "Password" field appears again, not "Username". Only way I know of to get
back to the "username" prompt is Ctrl-Alt-Backspace.

Comment 13 Alexander Larsson 2003-02-19 19:34:05 UTC
I submitted that as bug 84626. Closing this one.

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