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Old 06-03-2004, 04:03 AM   #1
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GDM configuration

I was working withh Redhat 8.0 and i happened to get an Error
"server Authentication directory(Daemon/serv Auth Diar) is set /var/gdm but is not owned by user gdm and group gdm
please correct thet ownership or gdm configutation /etc/X11/gdm/gdmconf
and restart gdm"

Iam new to Linux and I have really failed to resolve this problem.I cantuse my computer because each time I work this window pops up

I would like to know the reason for the problem and i will really appreciate to know what GDM means in linux world

Old 06-03-2004, 08:08 AM   #2
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GDM is the "Gnome Display Manager"
it is the programm you should see,
if you want to use a graphical login
(so you type in your name and pw, then it starts Gnome/Kde/XFce4 for you)

The GDM is the most widely used display manager,
but others like kdm, xdm ... existst also.

Because X needs high priveliges to run,
the gdm developers were extra cautious to who has
access to the gdm config and runtime files.

One of these sanity checks gdm runs at startup is to check if it is the owner
of its own directotries (/var/gdm)

Normaly you should issue a
"chown gdm.gdm /var/gdm" as root
to reset the correct ownership.

The question you should ask yourself is
"How did this happen?",
these kind of permissions don't get reset during normal operation,
but only through fideling........
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Hi Pankrat Many thanks for your help
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Question But how...

How can I type in a command when the machine won't boot because it can't load gdm?
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Originally Posted by maketa2
Hi Pankrat Many thanks for your help
I've the same issue. Can you please send me the instruction on how to fix the gdm issue? Thanks


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