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The SMU 06-21-2003 08:29 PM

X/gdm system error --
Hey, every 30 seconds I get a system error ( I call it that because it comes up outside of gnome, in the command line - like look) which says:

The gdm group does not exist. Please correct gdm configuration
/etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf and restart gdm.

I just downloaded and installed Redhat 9 yesterday, and to my knowledge I have not edited any config files. Anyone recieve a similar error? Is it a compatibility issue with my system? Thanks for any and all suggestions,


ubgeek2 11-19-2003 12:49 PM

I know I'm replying to an old post... but has anyone solved this one?
My RH8 box (dedicated FTP server) was exhibiting exactly the same symptoms you've described. I replaced \etc\group and \etc\group- with known good files from an identical box, and then I stopped getting the error. However, I don't believe I've reached the root of the problem yet.
Every time I add a user, I start getting the error again. I can boot to the console and issue "startx", and X will run, but the error (as you described) annoyingly pops up about every 30 seconds.
While booting I'm still seeing an error, which I suppose is related:
chgrp: invalid group name "utmp"
I was getting this error before replacing the "group" files as noted above.
Since an FTP server is a relatively easy mark for intruders, I'm beginning to wonder if my xf86 security has been compromised from the outside?:scratch:

Jiggy 11-19-2003 01:27 PM

Not to hijack the thread but how can i tell if i'm using xdm or gdm?

ubgeek2 11-19-2003 05:55 PM

At terminal, type "ps axu"
This will list all running processes. Look for "gdm-binary" or "xdm-binary".

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