gdm2/gdmgreeter crashes upon start

C. Delnooz c.delnooz at
Wed Apr 21 10:45:01 PDT 2004

Hi all,

recently I installed the Gnome 2.6 port on my machine, and everything
works just fine when I start X via startx. However, when I try to start
gdm (using /usr/X11R6/etc/rc.d/ as display manager i get an error
pop-up with the following text:

"The greeter program appears to be crashing. I will try to use another

This repeats a few times until I get the chance to kill the gdm process.
Checking the messages log, I see the following warnings:

Apr 21 17:27:13 morreion gdmgreeter[541]: greeter_parse_config: No
configuration file: /usr/X11R6/etc/gdm/gdm.conf. Using defaults.
Apr 21 17:27:51 morreion gdmgreeter[567]: greeter_parse_config: No
configuration file: /usr/X11R6/etc/gdm/gdm.conf. Using defaults.

These confuse me because gdm.conf is exactly at the specified location
and it's world readable so gdm should have no problem at all reading the

I tried to turn on the extra debugging in gdm.conf but since it won't
read the darn file, I won't get extra debug output.

I'm running FBSD-5.2.1-RELEASE-p5 and the latest gnome ports. I've no
clue what's going wrong, so any help would be appreciated.


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