Bug 87484 - No error message when X11 startup fails
Summary: No error message when X11 startup fails
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gdm
Version: 7.3
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ray Strode [halfline]
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-03-27 16:01 UTC by Toralf
Modified: 2005-10-31 22:00 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-11-05 03:10:37 UTC

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Description Toralf 2003-03-27 16:01:40 UTC
Description of problem:
No error message is given, when the system in general (as oppsed to the X server
config) has some kind of problem that prevents the X server from starting. This
is for instance the case when the root file system is full or there is something
wrong with the network setup.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Fill up the system disk
2. Reboot
Actual results:
The system pretends that it is configured for text-mode only, and that
everything is otherwise fine.

Expected results:
Error message

Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2003-07-30 21:27:28 UTC
I'm not sure I understand exactly what you mean; does the system get to the 
part where it tries to start the X server? does gdm start? at what point 
are you saying the failure occurs?

Comment 2 Toralf 2003-07-31 11:27:01 UTC
I'm not in my office now so I can't check any details, but essentially what 
happens is that after a reboot, it looks like the system has (successfully) 
entered runlevel 3, but closer inspection reveals that it's actually in 
runlevel 5, but X just hasn't started - and I can't find anything wrong with 
inittab or similar. 

Happens on Red Hat 9, too; we have an old laptop that ended up in this state 
after upgrade to version 9 (and I never bothered to fix it as it's not really 
being used anymore.)

It looks like you may get this kind of behaviour when X fails due to a problem 
with the general system setup, as opposed to an XFree86 config error. One 
example of such a problem is an incorrect network configuration; maybe you'll 
see what I mean if you remove the localhost entry from /etc/hosts. 

Comment 3 Ray Strode [halfline] 2004-11-05 03:10:37 UTC
GDM reports when X fails to start now.

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