Bug#256618: Dropping to a console prompt times out and returns to login screen
Since KDE 3.2 was first packaged, I've been seeing an annoying oddity.
Normally, if you use Alt-N (or mouse through the dropdown menu) at the KDM
login screen to drop to a console, KDM starts its normal countdown clock.
If you don't login after a minute or do, it restarts the greeter. The same
occurs after you logout.
The bug is that KDM no longer cares whether you actually login and get
a shell or not. Sixty seconds after showing the console, it /will/ kick
you back to the greeter, even if you were in the middle of typing a command.
Hitting Alt-N again returns you to the same console, with no data lost.
If you're not logged in as root, this is harmless, but freakishly annoying
(dropping to the console every minute). If you're logged in as root,
you can "/etc/init.d/kdm stop" as your first command and will not be
I suspect it's something to do with utmp/wtmp records -- that's how any
sane program would check if somebody's logged in to a given terminal or
not -- but don't know enough about kdm to investigate.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
APT prefers unstable
APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.5-fenric5
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C
Versions of packages kdm depends on:
ii debconf 1.4.29 Debian configuration management sy
ii kdebase-bin 4:3.2.2-1 KDE Base (binaries)
ii kdelibs4 4:3.2.3-2 KDE core libraries
ii libart-2.0-2 2.3.16-5 Library of functions for 2D graphi
ii libc6 2.3.2.ds1-13 GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii libfam0c102 2.7.0-5 client library to control the FAM
ii libgcc1 1:3.3.4-1 GCC support library
ii libice6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-5 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii libpam-runtime 0.76-21 Runtime support for the PAM librar
ii libpam0g 0.76-21 Pluggable Authentication Modules l
ii libpng12-0 18.104.22.168-6 PNG library - runtime
ii libqt3c102-mt 3:3.2.3-3 Qt GUI Library (Threaded runtime v
ii libsm6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-5 X Window System Session Management
ii libstdc++5 1:3.3.4-1 The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii libx11-6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-5 X Window System protocol client li
ii libxext6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-5 X Window System miscellaneous exte
ii libxrender1 0.8.3-7 X Rendering Extension client libra
ii libxtst6 4.3.0.dfsg.1-5 X Window System event recording an
ii xbase-clients 4.3.0.dfsg.1-5 miscellaneous X clients
hi xlibs 4.3.0.dfsg.1-4 X Window System client libraries m
ii zlib1g 1:22.214.171.124-3 compression library - runtime