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Old 07-30-2005, 10:32 AM   #1
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GDM Error - Post Freerock install


I've recently installed 'Freerock' gnome frome the GSB site. It installed fine - upgrading some packages and installing some new ones. Everythings appears to be ok and I am impressed with it.

However, it also upgraded GDM and I get the following pop up error whenever it starts:

Configuration is not correct

The configuration file contains and invalid command line for the login dialog, so running the default command.  Please fix your configuration
I've had a look at /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf but i can't see any problems. There is a and gdm.conf.orig. but again i'm not an expert on what should be in there.

Can any one advise anything or comment?

Thanks for your time and patience....

Old 07-31-2005, 09:15 AM   #2
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It is likely that newer version of GDM is more picky and you happen to have some sections in the config file that were just overlooked by the old one =)

Get into X and and run (as root): gdmsetup

It should make you up a nice new config file (you can run timestamp checks to see which file is being editted). Back up the old config files and make sure the latest one is named "gdm.conf" (that's the only one GDM will actually read).

Good luck!
- Piete.
Old 08-01-2005, 08:34 AM   #3
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oh right thanks.

i wasn't aware of such a utlility. It seems to be do with which theme I use. Maybe the old ones don't work with the new version.

Anyway, i'm not a big expert on gdm so i will try your suggestion. Thanks!
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I noticed this post because I had the same problem. Since I had KDE installed, I edited /etc/rc.d/rc.4, so as to use KDM. A few minutes ago, I moved /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf to gdm.conf.old, then moved /etc/X11/gdm/ to gdm.conf. Now GDM works properly. I still prefer KDM, but at least I have this nit picked.
Old 08-02-2005, 04:10 AM   #5
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Hmm, i'll try both of your solutions.

thanks for the help. To be fair i haven't had many problems since installing Freerock.

One problem thought - all KDE icons appear in Gnome menus and vice versa. So i have about 500 entries in <interner> in KDE.

How do you stop Gnome menus and KDE menus being muddled together in that way??


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