Bug#598377: Bug 598377 - gdm3: unable to log into the session after last upgrade
debtry.x.jimlaur at dfgh.net
Tue May 15 20:35:05 UTC 2012
Running Debian sid
I rebooted a couple of days ago because the update manager was misbehaving,
afterward the gui session failed to start.
I think, based on how the problem was resolved, that it was a configuration
problem, and not a bug per-se in any code.
I give this brief note in the hope of helping others who may have a similar
By using variations of commands seen here, such as:
sudo ps aux | grep gdm | more
I saw that there were literally hundreds of gdm-simple-slave tasks created and
failing to connect to displays.
The syslog was also full of gdm3-related error messages.
Simply trying to restart gdm3 did *not* resolve the problem.
sudo service gdm3 restart
I tried updating the version:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrage
This was *not* sufficient to get my gui session back.
Following ideas from here, I uninstalled gdm3 and metacity and re-installed
sudo apt-get purge gdm3 metacity
sudo apt-get install gdm3 metacity
A lot more stuff got installed, and the configuration problem was resolved.
After a restart, the gui session existed and offered to let me log in, but
gnome was missing.
It appears that the purge, above, removed gnome.
So I installed gnome:
sudo apt-get install gnome gnome-core
I am now working in a gui again.
If you think there is more information that could be helpful, such as log
files, let me know.
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