Bug#517890: [gdm] /etc/gdm/gdm.conf suddenly empty (persistent) ---> no changes possible

Josselin Mouette joss at debian.org
Mon Mar 23 18:44:19 UTC 2009

Le lundi 02 mars 2009 à 19:27 +0100, Christian Obst a écrit :
> Since a few weeks, I cannot change my gdm configuration anymore, i.e.
> gdmsetup simply does not save any changes. From searching existing bug
> reports, I found this one
> (http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=504428), discovered
> that my gdm.conf is indeed present, but empty (0B) and tried
> copying /usr/share/gdm/defaults.conf to /etc/gdm/gdm.conf, as mentioned
> there. It worked fine, I could save my changes, but the next day (maybe
> after an upgrade, I dist-upgrade daily), it was the same again
> (gdm.conf empty, no changes saved). Also, this solution is discouraged
> by the last poster in the afore mentioned bug report (without proposing
> a better solution). I definitively did not empty or delete my gdm.conf
> myself, so it must be debconf (?). (I also don't understand how I can
> convince debconf to take control over gdm.conf again when it has been
> touched manually, replaced by default.conf or simply been deleted, when
> the default conf is not restored during reinstallation of gdm. But
> then again, I don't know much about debconf.)

This has nothing to do with debconf, I wonder what could made you think

This could be a bug in gdmsetup or gdm that empties the file. The exact
date and time of modification of the empty gdm.conf file should give you
a hint of what made this happen.

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