Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 88563
Verify gdm exists before finally setting default runlevel to 5
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:52:56 EDT
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Description of problem:
In the XFree86 config portion of the Red Hat 8.0 install, there was a button to
press to test whether the monitor config was correct, and a pair of radio
buttons where one could choose whether or not to start X at boot-up. In Red Hat
9, this is gone.
Worse, even if gdm and xdm were not installed, Red Hat 9 still sets the default
For certain install choices, such as Personal Desktop, we have removed the
graphical login option. The 'Custom' install choice will provide all these
The 'Test' button was causing significantly more problems than it solved so it
was removed. We rarely get reports that the default X configuration file did
"For certain install choices, such as Personal Desktop, we have removed the
graphical login option."
However, you forgot to force the installation of gdm or xdm when you did that.
As a result, it is possible to have Red Hat boot at runlevel 5 yet have no
display manager to execute at that runlevel. If you are going to shield the user
from a text login, you ought to shield a user from breaking the graphical login.
I will add a note to have the code verify the existance of a graphical login
manager before writing out a default runlevel of 5.
I think I have a fix for this in our development tree.
This bug has reared its head again in Fedora Core 1. After a text
based "custom" install where xdm and gdm were unselected, Fedora
*still* booted to runlevel 5 and tried to start X.
Mass-closing lots of old bugs which are in MODIFIED (and thus presumed to be
fixed). If any of these are still a problem, please reopen or file a new bug
against the release which they're occurring in so they can be properly tracked.