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bug#39281: gdm doesn't start

From: Jack Hill
Subject: bug#39281: gdm doesn't start
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:08:44 -0500 (EST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.20 (DEB 67 2015-01-07)

On Mon, 27 Jan 2020, Raghav Gururajan wrote:

so I removed gnome-initial-setup from the propagated-inputs with the following 
patch, and, indeed,
that resolved the problem with gdm on my system.

That's strange. Both our system share similar configuration. But for me gdm works fine with gnome-initial-setup being present. This is confusing.

Indeed, my system does have a really slow disk, so it would not surprise me if that contributed to it. Of course that shouldn't matter, but that's the only thing I can think it. It would be nice to hear if sirgazil can reproduce the fix since I think they were having the same problem on their computer.

While I'm still not exactly sure why this was causing gdm problems, and why 
`herd restart
xorg-server` caused gdm to start working correctly, I think that removing 
gnome-initial-setup from
the gnome meta-package is the right thing to do. Instead, perhaps it could be 
provided via its own
service, auto-selected by the installer. If I recall correctly from other 
distros (e.g. Fedora),
the gnome-initial-setup wizard is run from its own user on first boot, and 
after it finishes, the
user is logged in as themselves. That said, gnome-initial-setup did seem to run 
fine for me the
first time I logged into gnome after it was installed, and hasn't stared again.


I would say debugging and fixing would be better than removing. Let me see what 
I can do.

I agree that fixing is better than removing. Good luck debugging. I'm happy to test, but am currently out of ideas.

P.S. Thanks Raghav for your work on making gnome in guix a better experience!

10-4 on the sarcasm. ;-)

I'm glad that you took this well :). However, while I'm often sarcastic, I wasn't trying to be here. What I was trying to express was that while I'm currently running my system with gnome-initial-setup removed doesn't mean that I don't appreciate the change to make it present by default. Fortunately for me, Guix makes this easy compared to other systems!


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