Call for Help: SoaS & Display Manager (Auto-Login)

Sebastian Dziallas sebastian at
Fri Jul 31 10:48:40 EDT 2009

Hi everybody,

I could use a hand with auto-login on SoaS. We've been using slim so far 
but will switch in the near future (in fact, I already committed a 
change in GIT), as we also need to login automatically after killing / 
restarting X.

Therefore, the most feasible solution seems to be olpc-dm from the 
olpc-utils right now. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get it 
successfully to work and am lost with a black screen on tty1 so far.

Looking at /var/log/message, the following stuff seems spurious:

olpc-dm: Can't get tty name: inappropriate ioctl for device
init: prefdm main process terminated with status 1

The occurs quite a few times and running initctl start prefdm manually 
from the console also gives a "prefdm respawning too fast".

On the other hand, running olpc-dm directly as root works, though.

If anybody has an idea how to fix this, meaning to get auto-login to 
work again, any help is greatly appreciated. We can also provide the 
current snapshot pre-built as an .iso file, if required.

Feel free to contact me directly, too.

--Sebastian Dziallas for the SoaS Team

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