gdm2/gdmgreeter crashes upon start -- SOLVED

C. Delnooz c.delnooz at
Sat Apr 24 08:13:26 PDT 2004

For those interested, I've solved my problem with gdm2. It was of course
something stupid :P

apparently I've done `su` instead of `su -` when I installed the X and
Gnome ports. This caused the shell to adopt the umask of my normal user,
which is 027. Now the gnome hierarchy was installed accessible only for
owner and group (root:wheel). Since my normal user is in wheel, gnome
would work, but for gdm:gdm the dirs were inaccessible. I found the
problem when gdmchooser would complain about not being able to find the interface file, which of course was installed...

duh, I feel stupid.

Anyway, thanks for your reactions :)

On Wed, 2004-04-21 at 19:45, C. Delnooz wrote:
> 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
> one."
> 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
> file. 
> 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.
> Regards,
> Chris
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