[Pkg-sysvinit-devel] Bug#583312: since update to initscripts, sysv... to version 2.88.dfs-5 -- kdm "fails" to load

Romane romane at miscellanie.com
Wed May 26 21:52:29 UTC 2010

Package: initscripts
Version: 2.88dsf-5
Severity: important

Immediately subsequent to update yesterday with version 2.88dsf-5 of initscripts, sysv-rc, sysvinit
and sysvinit-utils, kdm "fails" to load at boot time. System is Squeeze, complete wipe and totally
fresh install only two days ago. Prior to wipe was also running Squeeze. Using nVidia GeForce 9600 GT.
For more than a year, has run perfectly, pre and post fresh install.

Since update, new message at boot saying running boot in concurrency.

At boot now, at point when screen would normally go black, then give whirling cursor indication,
then logon screen, now goes black, then gives nVidia green logo for approx 7 to 8 seconds, then
drops to console.

Logging in as root, an attempt to manually start kdm will fail, with message that kdm is running.
Issuing restart command works like a charm, and one is brought to the logon screen. Usable workaround,
but highly inconvenient.

In the system log, we find that the nVidia kernel is being loaded, as follows:

2010-05-26 21:25:55   debian-main-pc   kernel   [    5.509244] NVRM: loading NVIDIA UNIX x86_64 Kernel Module  256.25  Tue May 18 20:37:09 PDT 2010

Later in the boot sequence, these entries appear :

2010-05-26 21:26:12   debian-main-pc   kdm[1466]   X server startup timeout, terminating
2010-05-26 21:26:12   debian-main-pc   kdm[1466]   X server for display :0 cannot be started,
                session disabled

This occurs regardless the driver downloaded from nVidia, or the driver installed via the repositories
both version 195.36.24. Also occurs with latest beta from nVidia.

kdm will start normally if nVidia xorg.conf file is deleted. However, as issue only began with the
upgrade to these four files, it would appear that the issues lies not with kdm or the nVidia driver,
but a change made in these files.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-3-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_AU.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_AU.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages initscripts depends on:
ii  coreutils                     8.5-1      GNU core utilities
ii  debianutils                   3.2.3      Miscellaneous utilities specific t
ii  libc6                         2.10.2-9   Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  lsb-base                      3.2-23.1   Linux Standard Base 3.2 init scrip
ii  mount                         2.16.2-0   Tools for mounting and manipulatin
ii  sysv-rc                       2.88dsf-5  System-V-like runlevel change mech
ii  sysvinit-utils                2.88dsf-5  System-V-like utilities

Versions of packages initscripts recommends:
ii  e2fsprogs                     1.41.11-1  ext2/ext3/ext4 file system utiliti
ii  psmisc                        22.11-1    utilities that use the proc file s

initscripts suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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