xdm: very long pause after login

Andrew J. Barr andrew.james.barr at gmail.com
Sun Nov 19 07:40:39 PST 2006

On Sun, 2006-11-19 at 16:30 +0100, dark_mail at gmx.net wrote:
> As of today xdm stops working after I have logged in.
> When using windowmaker, there is a very, very long pause before it
> actually starts. Xfce seems not to start at all, but maybe it needs even
> longer to start up. During this time, only the mouse cursor is
> displayed. CPU load is around zero, there is only a short burst of disk
> activity, and the log files don't show anything strange.

Sounds like your loopback interface isn't up. Make sure that the 'lo'
interface is configured by your bootup scripts and that you have an
entry for 'localhost' (and your computer's hostname) in /etc/hosts.

> When i log on using the commandline I can start Xfce without any
> problems using "startx" or "startxfce4", everything except gkrellm2
> works fine (that might be due to runlevel).
> Gdm runs like a charm.
> I can't recall having changed anything between yesterday (when it
> worked) and today regarding X.
> I'm using Xfce 4.2 on a Gentoo system, xdm is 1.0.5.
> It's not the missing sessreg issue, I had that already, and
> XSTATICVT="yes" is set in /etc/conf.d/xdm.
> Does anyone have a clue what went wrong?
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