[NBLUG/talk] Udev and GDM Greeter

Troy Arnold troy at zenux.net
Tue May 30 13:33:29 PDT 2006

On Tue, May 30, 2006 at 12:57:42PM -0700, Stephen Cilley wrote:
> I just did a debian install last night and I've got
> two problems, one seems like a bug, the other is just
> my inability to formulate proper google searches.
> So I did the install on the first and only ide hdd in
> the computer.  Other than that drive I have 2 dvd
> drives, and two SATA drives (and a floppy.)  I reboot
> and it comes up with some very strange looking error
> about not being able to get at the root partition.  I
> look at the fstab and it looks like the installer has
> mistakenly referred to all of the partitions on the
> ide drive by /dev/hde instead of /dev/hda and the grub
> and mtab have the same thing.  So I changed it and it
> booted alright, and then I reboot again and it says
> the same thing, only this time it's looking at hda and
> it's actually at hde.  I reboot about 10 more times
> just to test, and it is completely randomly
> fluctuating between the two.  Has udev gone crazy?

As much as a pain in the ass udev is, I don't think udev is causing this
problem.  Perhaps your computer's BIOS is initializing devices in an
inconsistent order?  See what kind of options your BIOS has for specifying

> Second, and I realize this may be a bit of a stupid
> question, but how do I escape the gdm greeter?  It
> installed it automatically during the debian install
> and now I can't get out of X (every time I kill it, it
> just resurrects itself.)

/etc/init.d/gdm stop
apt-get remove gdm


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