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Bug 77354 - No home directory dialog doesn't let you log in
Summary: No home directory dialog doesn't let you log in
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gdm
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Havoc Pennington
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-11-05 18:26 UTC by Jack Neely
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:48 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-01-13 02:22:33 UTC

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Description Jack Neely 2002-11-05 18:26:34 UTC
Description of Problem:
When loggin in through GDM and your home directory, for whatever reason, doesn't
exist, gdm tells you this with a nice dialog that asks if you wish to log in
with "/" as your home directory.  No matter if the user clicks "Yes" or "No" you
are returned to the login screen and not allowed to procede.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How Reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Unmount your home directory or some other such so that $HOME isn't there
2. Try to log in via gdm
3. Observe behavior of the dialog telling you your home directory doesn't exist

Actual Results:

Expected Results:
Well I would like to log in.

Additional Information:
For the NCSU Realm Kit we use AFS for home directories and I have my own
xsession files.  One of the things they do is check for your home directory and
warn the user if its not there.  (We create them a temp home dir if they click
continue.)  So I'd either like to disable this check or get it working so that
my scripts can take over and use a temp dir.

Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2002-11-05 18:40:23 UTC
If you got as far as gnome-session or whatever running, I'd expect the desktop
to barf with / as homedir, which would result in returning to gdm.

It's not getting that far, right?

Probably a pretty simple fix.

Comment 2 Jack Neely 2002-11-05 18:53:15 UTC
Doesn't get that far.  I've tested this with stock versions of all the xsession
stuff from RHL8.0 and I get the same behavior.  X Doesn't restart, GDM just
looks at you a couple seconds (delay between logins?) and then refreshes the
login box to ask you to enter your user id.


Comment 3 Havoc Pennington 2003-01-13 02:22:33 UTC
Moved to

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