gdm2/gdmgreeter crashes upon start

Lee Harr missive at
Wed Apr 21 14:19:46 PDT 2004

>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.

Is that a file from a previous version of gdm?
Maybe the syntax has changed, and the error message is just\

The gdm package/ port comes with a sample ...

>pkg_info -L gdm2- | grep gdm.conf

which you could copy in to place and see if that works better.

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