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Greeter Application Appears To Be Crashing Attempting to Use a Different One

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10


When loading SLES 10 servers from the GUI an error occurs. The screen flickers around a little after pressing OK a login prompt is displayed but no opportunity to login is allowed.  The error returned is "Greeter Application Appears To Be Crashing Attempting to Use a Different One".  When clicking "ok" the screen flickers again and then the error message will return.   The only way to login is a clean start/restart of the server.


The most probable cause is that an antivirus program is deleting the gdm socket in /tmp.
Make sure that
/tmp/.gdm_socket is not removed.

To create it again do one of the following:
Reboot the system and it will recreate it. 
Get to a console prompt and login as root, then run:
#rcxdm restart


The gdm socket no longer exists.  Rebooting the system causes the gdm socket to be recreated.

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  • Document ID:7012944
  • Creation Date: 25-Jul-2013
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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