[CentOS] Re: gdm won't start

Tue Jan 17 23:52:23 UTC 2006
Johnny Hughes <mailing-lists at hughesjr.com>

On Tue, 2006-01-17 at 12:39 -0500, Josh Kelley wrote:
> On 1/16/06, Josh Kelley <joshkel at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'm trying to set up a new CentOS 4.2 desktop, and gdm refuses to
> > start.  It blanks the screen, displays the swirling blue circle mouse
> > cursor that appears to be an hourglass equivalent, then drops back to
> > the console window.  It repeats this several times then displays the
> > following error:
> >
> > The display server has been shut down about 6 times in the last 90
> > seconds, it is likely that something bad is going on.  I will wait for
> > 2 minutes before trying again on display :0.
> I finally figured out what was wrong. 
> /etc/pango/i386-redhat-linux-gnu/pango.modules was only readable by
> root (permissions set incorrectly by the installer, perhaps?), so
> gdmgreeter wasn't able to run.  I ended up looking through strace's
> output to figure this out; annoyingly, gdmgreeter wrote informative
> error messages to stderr, but gdm apparently discarded the output. 
> (If it logged it anywhere, I couldn't find it.)
> Josh Kelley

Just for the record ... the installer does this as mode 644, which is
readable by all.

I checked on about 25 machines and they we all 644.
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