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Bug 636534

Summary: x11-apps/xdm-1.1.11-r3 attempted restarts prevents login on console
Product: Gentoo Linux Reporter: Brian McKee <btmckee9>
Component: Current packagesAssignee: Gentoo X packagers <x11>
Status: UNCONFIRMED ---    
Severity: major    
Priority: Normal    
Version: unspecified   
Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

Description Brian McKee 2017-11-04 17:40:07 UTC
The latest version of xdm tries repeatedly to start X when the X configuration is borked. So when I install a new linux kernel and reboot, my missing nvidia blob causes the screen to switch from the console I'm on to the F7 console over and over (dozens of times per second). The main symptom istThe screen flickers rapidly.

Attempts to login when the PC is in this state are foiled because the keys I strike might come out on the F7 console, so entering root password successfully is nearly impossible.

I think XDM needs to die after one failed attempt to launch X.