Gnome login hangs F20 after fedup upgrade

Mateusz Marzantowicz mmarzantowicz at
Sun Dec 22 23:02:25 UTC 2013

On 22.12.2013 22:49, David Highley wrote:
> "David Highley wrote:"
>> "Mateusz Marzantowicz wrote:"
>>> On 21.12.2013 20:40, David Highley wrote:
>>>> We upgraded a test system to Fedora 20 using the fedup process. There
>>>> were 60 packages that were left from Fedora 19 after the upgrade that
>>>> were subsequently fixed by doing a yum distro-sync. Since the upgrade we
>>>> are not able to login into a Gnome session. We select the user in the
>>>> greater and it prompts for the pass word. After that it goes to the
>>>> grayed background and hangs leaving the user session in a hung state
>>>> where you have cursor control but the session setup does not get to the
>>>> point where you can select anything.
>>>> We have checked the logs and see nothing in the logs that indicate an
>>>> issue. The other change noticed is the monitor never goes to sleep when
>>>> the greater screen is active.
>>> Does systemctl restart gdm.service from text shell help you restore
>>> system responsiveness? It might be some problem with gnome-shell or
>>> Xorg, I'm facing similar behavior from time to time on fresh installation.
>> Same recovery as doing init 3 init 5 you get back to the Gnome greater
>> screen with the session ended. We have looked at the Xorg log files and
>> see nothing wrong in them. Our case is not intermittent. We have tried
>> both VGA and HDMI connections and get the same results. We have also
>> reviewed dmesg and the /var/log/message log files. Nothing seems to get
>> logged. We have checked for selinux avc issues and tried login in
>> selinux Permissive mode. Second check just now indicates that a
>> systemctl restart gdm.service gets us back to the Gnome greater screen
>> but then we were not able to select a user for login.
> We see by using journalctl -f | less
> That the shell fails to register before a timeout occurs and that there
> is a kernal pool segfault and a core dump. We have not been able to
> determine if they are all related. Except they happen close together.

It might be coincidence but it's worth investigating it. I don't
experience any core dumps when having issues with gnome-shell but who
knows how it's in your case.

Mateusz Marzantowicz

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