gdm starts only failsafe session

Stephane Dudzinski stephane at
Tue Jun 6 10:23:43 UTC 2006

Package: gdm
Version: 2.14.6-0ubuntu2
Severity: grave
Justification: renders package unusable

We have a few stations running Ubuntu Dapper. Most of them were installed during 
beta stages. Since we upgraded them to final, GDM is not behaving properly, and 
only allowing Failsafe session weither we try to select Gnome, KDE or XFCE as a 
Window Manager.

This seems to be related to GDM since KDM has no problem starting any of the 
desktop environments we have.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers dapper-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'dapper-updates'), (500, 'dapper')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.15-23-386
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)

Versions of packages gdm depends on:
ii  adduser      3.80ubuntu2                 Add and remove users and groups
ii  alsa-utils   1.0.10-1ubuntu14            ALSA utilities
ii  debconf      1.4.72ubuntu9               Debian configuration management sy
ii  dpkg         1.13.11ubuntu6              package maintenance system for Deb
ii  fluxbox [x-w 0.9.14-2                    Highly configurable and low resour
ii  gksu         1.3.7-0ubuntu9              graphical frontend to su
ii  gnome-sessio 2.14.1-0ubuntu11            The GNOME 2 Session Manager
ii  gnome-termin 2.14.1-0ubuntu1             The GNOME 2 terminal emulator appl
ii  libart-2.0-2 2.3.17-1                    Library of functions for 2D graphi
ii  libatk1.0-0  1.11.4-0ubuntu1             The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libattr1     2.4.25-1                    Extended attribute shared library
ii  libbz2-1.0   1.0.3-0ubuntu2              high-quality block-sorting file co
ii  libc6        2.3.6-0ubuntu20             GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libcairo2    1.0.4-0ubuntu1              The Cairo 2D vector graphics libra
ii  libcroco3    0.6.1-1build1               a generic Cascading Style Sheet (C
ii  libdmx1      1:1.0.1-0ubuntu3            X11 Distributed Multihead extensio
ii  libfontconfi 2.3.2-1.1ubuntu12           generic font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6 2.1.10-1ubuntu2             FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libglade2-0  1:2.5.1-2ubuntu2            library to load .glade files at ru
ii  libglib2.0-0 2.10.2-1ubuntu3             The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnomecanv 2.14.0-0ubuntu1             A powerful object-oriented display
ii  libgsf-1-113 1.13.99-0ubuntu2            Structured File Library - runtime 
ii  libgtk2.0-0  2.8.17-1ubuntu5             The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libpam-modul 0.79-3ubuntu14              Pluggable Authentication Modules f
ii  libpam-runti 0.79-3ubuntu14              Runtime support for the PAM librar
ii  libpam0g     0.79-3ubuntu14              Pluggable Authentication Modules l
ii  libpango1.0- 1.12.2-0ubuntu3             Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libpng12-0   1.2.8rel-5                  PNG library - runtime
ii  libpopt0     1.7-5                       lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii  librsvg2-2   2.14.4-0ubuntu1             SAX-based renderer library for SVG
ii  librsvg2-com 2.14.4-0ubuntu1             SAX-based renderer library for SVG
ii  libselinux1  1.28-2ubuntu2               SELinux shared libraries
ii  libwrap0     7.6.dbs-8ubuntu1            Wietse Venema's TCP wrappers libra
ii  libx11-6     2:1.0.0-0ubuntu9            X11 client-side library
ii  libxau6      1:1.0.0-0ubuntu4            X11 authorisation library
ii  libxcursor1            X cursor management library
ii  libxdmcp6    1:1.0.0-0ubuntu2            X11 Display Manager Control Protoc
ii  libxext6     2:1.0.0-0ubuntu4            X11 miscellaneous extension librar
ii  libxfixes3   1:          X11 miscellaneous 'fixes' extensio
ii  libxi6       2:1.0.0-0ubuntu3            X11 Input extension library
ii  libxinerama1 2:1.0.1-0ubuntu2            X11 Xinerama extension library
ii  libxml2      2.6.24.dfsg-1ubuntu1        GNOME XML library
ii  libxrandr2   1:          X11 RandR extension library
ii  libxrender1  1:          X Rendering Extension client libra
ii  lsb-base     3.1-5ubuntu2                Linux Standard Base 3.1 init scrip
ii  metacity [x- 1:2.14.3-0ubuntu2           A lightweight GTK2 based Window Ma
ii  ubuntu-sound 0.3                         Ubuntu's GNOME audio theme
ii  xfwm4 [x-win window manager of the Xfce project
ii  xrdb         1:1.0.1-0ubuntu2            X resource modification
ii  xterm [x-ter 208-3.1ubuntu3              X terminal emulator
ii  zlib1g       1:1.2.3-6ubuntu4            compression library - runtime

Versions of packages gdm recommends:
ii  ubuntu-artwork          28               Ubuntu themes and artwork
ii  whiptail                0.51.6-31ubuntu1 Displays user-friendly dialog boxe
ii  zenity                  2.14.1-0ubuntu2  Display graphical dialog boxes fro

-- debconf information:
  gdm/daemon_name: /usr/sbin/gdm
* shared/default-x-display-manager: gdm

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