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Re: Bug#81397: [authorization] fails silently for normal users, cannot start server

On Sun, 7 Jan 2001, Eray Ozkural (exa) wrote:

> Hamish Moffatt wrote:
> > There IS a debconf question about it.. it's not like it just does it to you
> > without asking. Maybe the debconf priority of the question is too low if
> > too many people are missing it.

> Do you think this is also what prevented display managers (xdm, gdm, wings
> are the ones that I tries) to function correctly?

Branden diagnosed this bug correctly.  A bug in the X server *cannot* cause
xdm/gdm authentication to fail, unless perhaps Branden has started diverting
files at random.  (I'll let you check this if you like.  Personally, I have
greater confidence in his integrity as a developer.)  The display manager
starts the X server, not the other way around, which means that the X server
has no control over the display manager's behavior; and the authentication
failure you reported came from the display manager and PAM, /not/ from the X

Is it possible you missed a debconf question that controls authentication for
display managers when you upgraded?  Yes, but it certainly wasn't in the X

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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