Upstart and release notes

Andrew Farris lordmorgul at
Fri Mar 7 05:50:18 UTC 2008

Michal Jaegermann wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 12:50:47PM -0800, Andrew Farris wrote:
>> Michal Jaegermann wrote:
>>> After the change above killing a display manager means just that.
>>> The only reliable way to restart it appears to be
>>> 'telinit 3; telinit 5'; only this restarts much more.  Was that a
>>> deliberate change for really good reasons?  I already found it an
>>> annoying PITA although "telinit line" works in a script.
>> Something wrong with 'pkill -f gdm; gdm-restart'?  I haven't tried
>> it,
> The only bad thing about it is that it does not work.
> 'gdm-restart' sends SIGHUP to a running gdm process so you will get
> "/var/run/ doesn't exist, perhaps GDM isn't running" after
> the first command (or other complaints if gdm went away without
> deleting file).  If you will skip "pkill ..." then it does
> not really helps very much if something hanged.
>> but gdm-stop and gdm-start work just fine
> With this small gotcha that gdm-start does not exist.
> It does not appear that writing one will be so difficult, though.

Ah yes, but just 'gdm' starts it.  Or running /etc/X11/prefdm.

Andrew Farris <lordmorgul at>
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