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bug#35484: GDM failing to start stumpwm after merge

From: brettg
Subject: bug#35484: GDM failing to start stumpwm after merge
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2019 19:20:53 +0200
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On 29.04.2019 18:05, Timothy Sample wrote:
Hi again,

Timothy Sample <address@hidden> writes:

Hi Brett,

Brett Gilio <address@hidden> writes:

Hey all

I just reconfigured my system configuration after the big staging merge
to master. I use StumpWM.

GDM seems to be starting just fine, but after this reconfiguration
stumpwm or X or something is crashing for me and looping me back to GDM.

Where are the logs I can view for this? I see some message appear but
quickly disappear before looping back into GDM.

GDM logs things to “/var/log/messages”.  However, it may not be useful
in this case (do take a look, though).

If I can get the logs I can share them or try and figure it out myself.

You could also share some other details about your config.  For
instance, how is StumpWM started? Do you have a “~/.xsession” script or
does StumpWM provide a “.desktop” file that GDM needs to find?

After doing some testing in a VM, it looks like this is an issue with my
recent commit: 8caa458953eeac783c73a0e5aaa72842fe3914c9.

I added a placeholder desktop entry file, and even though I did my best
to make it invisible, GDM is still selecting it.  (I tested GNOME and
XFCE, but I guess they were preferred by GDM over the placeholder,
whereas StumpWM is not.  Maybe the has to do with how the names are
sorted.)  I will try and fix this today, but in the mean time, you can

    • go back to using SLiM for now;
    • launch StumpWM from “~/.xsession”; or
• install another WM, so that you can select StumpWM explicitly when logging in (using the little gear icon that shows up when you have
      multiple sessions available).


-- Tim

Thank you for looking into this Tim! I have gone back to SLiM for the time being until it is fixed :).

If anybody else is having this issue, going back to SLiM is really easy, check out my commit for reference.


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