[Bug 66799] kdm does not start session when shell is zsh

Patola patola at gmail.com
Wed Oct 18 19:31:59 UTC 2006

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: kdm

kdm version: ii  kdm                                 3.5.2-0ubuntu27
X display manager for KDE

Try this: set your user shell to be zsh.

$ chsh
Changing the login shell for user
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
        Login Shell [/bin/bash]: /bin/zsh

Now restart X:

/etc/init.d/kdm restart

Try to log in. It won't work. It will get back to the KDM login screen.
startx still works ok and brings the KDE session up (with "exec startkde" in ~/.xinitrc).

If you change you shell back to bash, it will start working again.

I do not know where to look for diagnostics on what went wrong when kdm
was starting my sessions. There's nothing on the log files under
/var/log or my home directory.

** Affects: kdebase (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: Unconfirmed

kdm does not start session when shell is zsh

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