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#1 2013-05-14 17:09:59

SnowyMan95
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[SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Hello.
Today after I made a system update and then a reboot, gdm froze at it's very start - I see only a black screen after the standard systemd loading that is. I can switch to a tty console and operate from there though. I've spend a couple of hours trying to identify the issue alone though I was unsuccessful.
I've noticed that today's updates were related to gnome - that's why I think it's gdm. Any clues on how to find what's the problem and/or how to solve it?

If it's helpful I'm using a Lenovo Y560, the version with core i3 and a switchable graphics (turned off), with the latest catalyst driver.

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#2 2013-05-14 17:45:46

Shinto
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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Well, had the same issue here. I think Mutter is the cause, but I downgraded most parts of Gnome 3.8.2.

pacman -U /var/cache/pacman/pkg/mutter*

If that doesn't solve the issue, downgrade gnome-shell and gnome-session as well.

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#3 2013-05-14 18:07:27

mirandir
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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Same problem here. The error is :

(gnome-shell:634): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_strsplit: assertion `string != NULL' failed
(gnome-shell:634): Clutter-CRITICAL **: Unable to initialize Clutter: The OpenGL version could not be determined

Downgrade gnome-shell "solves" the problem, but totem 3.8.2 has the same problem :

(totem:1592): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_strsplit: assertion `string != NULL' failed
(totem:1592): Clutter-CRITICAL **: Unable to initialize Clutter: The OpenGL version could not be determined
(totem:1592): Totem-WARNING **: gtk-clutter failed to initialise, expect problems from here on.
(totem:1592): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_strsplit: assertion `string != NULL' failed
(totem:1592): Clutter-CRITICAL **: Unable to initialize Clutter: The OpenGL version could not be determined
Erreur de segmentation (core dumped)

Downgrade totem "solves" it, too.

I use the catalyst driver.

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#4 2013-05-14 20:00:44

eyemonen
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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

I have exactly same problem in my desktop computer as midardir explains. It seems to be something related to Clutter. Any hints?

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#5 2013-05-14 21:41:54

SnowyMan95
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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Okay, basically I downgraded the packages and everything works fine now, hopefully the new ones will be patched soon so I can update. I don't know why didn't I think of that myself, dumb me ^^ Thank you very much then ツ

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#6 2013-05-14 23:15:47

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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Thanks to all of you. Downgrading gnome-shell and totem "solves" the problem in the meantime.

P.S. I use catalyst too.

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#7 2013-05-15 02:19:40

gnloch
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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Same problem here using catalyst. Anyone reported the bug?

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#8 2013-05-15 16:00:09

SnowyMan95
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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

As I looked at the bugtracer - it's still not reported. You're free to do so if you want, since I don't really know what to write there nor do I have the account.

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#9 2013-05-15 18:31:27

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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Bug reported at: https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/35310

Please comment on the report and provide more information please


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#10 2013-05-16 09:35:58

Angelsoul
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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Same problem here, but this method not works for me.
I've downgraded gnome-shell and totem, but gnome still not works.

Maybe because i have to use Xorg1.12 for my Catalyst driver (Legacy driver) and this method works all for Xorg1.13.

I tried to switch in open driver (Radeon) and last release of Xorg1.14 and all works fine but  the known issue of FAN for open driver is tedious!
Now i' m using xfce4 and slim as display manager.

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#11 2013-05-17 00:06:46

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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Well that is SO off-topic... but,

at the moment, I'm totally annoyed of Arch.
I'm using it on my two machines, one Intel/Nvidia and one with AMD/AMD and both systems are getting more and more unstable.
I understand that I'm not using Debian stable. And I don't want to. But for a couple of months I wish Arch would be a little more reliable. I WANT a rolling release distro, but I dont want to struggle every 2 or so updates with downgrading and withholding packages, spending 1 hour+ fixing things, reading forums and filing/commenting on bugs.

Is this just me, maybe because my installations are from like 2 years ago and i should start from scratch (which seems totally odd for me for linux)? Or has my point of view changed and I'm just getting old and pragmatic?
I don't like Ubuntu with its backports, ppa's and unity and mir and and and and... but I'm close to switch back to that sad sad sad sad sad sad.

Thoughts?

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#12 2013-05-17 06:39:29

SnowyMan95
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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Old and pragmatic? Might be true xd
For me it's the first real issue that appeared for about... hmm I don't remember, it was last year though. If you are speaking of those small changes like when /lib was being replaced with a symlink, it's just the matter of checking forum and doing a few things to make it work, not much of a bother. I think it's a good thing that the developers  relay on users with doing some things that programs couldn't. It allows Arch to stay a very simple distro, the only minus (or plus, depends) is that people need some knowledge and time to actually use it. But I think it's worth the effort.

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#13 2013-05-18 13:48:32

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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Hi! Same problem here, did a fresh install and surprisingly couldn't use gnome with catalyst. Found this thread, would like to solve this Problem cause I'm sitting infront of a really slow acting machine in combination with open source driver, but I don't have needed packeges for the downgrade. Can somone create a link to x64 ones?

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#14 2013-05-18 15:53:34

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#15 2013-05-18 19:18:14

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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

@mirandir: thanks!

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#16 2013-05-24 04:47:09

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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Has anone gotten anything resolved for this issue?  I am experiencing something similar where I get the "Oops! Something has gone wrong!" message, resulting in gdm crashing, when trying to load gdm with gnome-shell-3.8.2-2.  This has forced me to remain on gnome-shell-3.8.1-1 for three weeks.  Additionally, I have the AMD Catalyst proprietary drivers installed: gnomecatalyst-13.4-3, along with xorg 1.13.

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#17 2013-05-24 08:20:06

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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

I think I read somewhere that their are problems with the proprietary ati driver and gnome, try the open driver?


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#18 2013-05-24 14:03:57

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#19 2013-05-24 22:56:24

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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Proprietary AMD drivers make everything difficult; I have not had any success with the AMD open source driver in the past so I have been avoiding it.  For the meantime, I guess I will simply remain on gnome-shell-3.8.1-1.  On my other machine, I am using Intel HD graphics, where I am able to run the latest gnome-shell and xorg without a problem.  Good to see it is a known bug though.

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#20 2013-05-27 01:34:48

brom
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Re: [SOLVED] gdm freezes after update

Problem can be solved by adding this custom repository to your pacman.conf file.  This will allow you to upgrade to gnome-shell-3.8.2-3 without gdm breaking; gnome-shell-calendar-server is also working now as well.

[gnome-catalyst]
Server = http://catalyst.wirephire.com/repo/gnome-catalyst/$arch

Source:  https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1274271

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