Session fails to start when root system full

Bug #873368 reported by Paul Sladen on 2011-10-13
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-session (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When the root filesystem is full, LightDM and GDM loop back to themselves after a couple of seconds instead of starting the main desktop.

Ideally the user should be warned that it is not going to be possible to proceed, and what they need to do in order to allow login to proceed (make space available on the root partition, rather than their home partition).

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in lightdm (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Dave Gilbert (ubuntu-treblig) wrote :

High because it's a severe impact to a small proportion of users, coupled
with the fact that it's hard for a novice user to diagnose and difficult
to diagnose at a distance.

Changed in lightdm (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in lightdm (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Robert Ancell (robert-ancell)
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Robert Ancell (robert-ancell) wrote :

I'm going to reassign this to gnome-session - the display manager doesn't know if a session requires any hard disk space to run (it might not). So the session should really check for this if required and show a dialog before quitting.

Changed in lightdm (Ubuntu):
assignee: Robert Ancell (robert-ancell) → nobody
summary: - LightDM and GDM loop when root system full
+ Session fails to start when root system full
affects: lightdm (Ubuntu) → gnome-session (Ubuntu)
Changed in gnome-session (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Robert Ancell (robert-ancell)
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

For the purpose of writing a useful error message: How can someone make space available on the root partition if they can't log in?

Changed in gnome-session (Ubuntu):
assignee: Robert Ancell (robert-ancell) → Canonical Desktop Team (canonical-desktop-team)
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Is this still a bug?

Changed in gnome-session (Ubuntu):
assignee: Canonical Desktop Team (canonical-desktop-team) → nobody
status: Triaged → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for gnome-session (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in gnome-session (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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