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Date:      Mon, 15 Oct 2001 16:10:57 +0200
From:      Stijn Hoop <>
To:        Philip Paeps <>
Subject:   Re: GDM shows blank screen
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000201c15582$6c6321b0$>; from on Mon, Oct 15, 2001 at 04:05:19PM +0200
References:  <000201c15582$6c6321b0$>

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On Mon, Oct 15, 2001 at 04:05:19PM +0200, Philip Paeps wrote:
> Hi all -
> I've just installed FreeBSD fresh on a new machine, and configured X11 without
> any issues.  When I have GDM start from ttys(5), on startup, however, it just
> loads X and sits there ... blank 'graphical' screen with an 'X' mousepointer
> (which I can move around) in the middle ... No sign of a login box anywhere.
> XDM works without issues from ttys(5).
> I've added the following to pam.conf(5)
> # GDM config
> gdm	auth		requisite		try_first_pass
> gdm	account	requisite		try_first_pass
> gdm	session	required
> /usr/X11R6/share/gnome/gdm is as follows:
> drwxr-x---  2 gdm   gdm   512  Oct 15 15:33 gdm
> Any ideas?

This apparently is an issue with XFree86-4.x.x and GDM. I really don't
understand why, but I've got the same problem. On RedHat boxes, GDM works,
and as far as I can tell, they use the same sources, so it's probably
a linuxism that GDM relies upon. It's over my head though, so I haven't
looked any further than that.

You could try kdm for a prettier login daemon.


What would this sentence be like if it weren't self-referential?

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