[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#818152: lightdm: can no longer manage multiple X servers

Christian Pernegger pernegger at gmail.com
Mon Mar 14 10:00:50 UTC 2016

Package: lightdm
Version: 1.16.7-1
Severity: important
Tags: upstream


I've just spent the better part of a day trying to get lightdm to
spawn multiple instances as suggested in the config file and various
older forum posts and howtos -- just to finally find out that it
doesn't do that anymore and silently ignores any manually configured
additional "seats":

This should at the very least be documented in the default config file
and NEWS (not buried in the changelog for 1.11.7), better yet ignored
configuration should throw a warning.

The behaviour itself breaks a use case of mine, namely launching
multiple persistent VNC servers as shared "graphical consoles". That
wouldn't be that much of a problem if I could just switch dms, but
gdm3, whatever-KDE's-dm-is-called-now and lxdm don't support launching
multiple servers anymore either. It's all systemd/logind now ... ...

Any chance to add manual configuration back?


-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers testing-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'testing-updates'), (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 4.3.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=de_AT.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_AT.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages lightdm depends on:
ii  adduser                                3.113+nmu3
ii  dbus                                   1.10.6-1
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]                  1.5.58
ii  libaudit1                              1:2.4.5-1+b1
ii  libc6                                  2.21-9
ii  libgcrypt20                            1.6.5-2
ii  libglib2.0-0                           2.46.2-3
ii  libpam-systemd                         229-2
ii  libpam0g                               1.1.8-3.2
ii  libxcb1                                1.11.1-1
ii  libxdmcp6                              1:1.1.2-1.1
ii  lightdm-gtk-greeter [lightdm-greeter]  2.0.1-2

Versions of packages lightdm recommends:
ii  xserver-xorg  1:7.7+13

Versions of packages lightdm suggests:
ii  accountsservice  0.6.40-3
ii  upower           0.99.4-2

-- Configuration Files:
/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf changed [not included]

-- debconf information excluded

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