[mythtv-users] NoDM stopped working when upgrading to Debian Buster

Stephen Worthington stephen_agent at jsw.gen.nz
Sun Dec 1 01:59:25 UTC 2019

On Sat, 30 Nov 2019 21:13:30 +0100, you wrote:

>When I upgraded my MythTV from Debian Stretch to Buster nodm stopped
>working. I know this is not related to MythTV but I hope that someone
>here can help me anyway.
>htpc:~# systemctl status nodm
>? nodm.service - Display manager for automatic session logins
>   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/nodm.service; indirect; vendor preset: enabled)
>   Active: active (running) since Sat 2019-11-30 21:02:46 CET; 2min 10s ago
>   Docs: man:nodm(8)
>   Process: 20306 ExecStartPre=/bin/sh -c [ "$(cat /etc/X11/default-display-manager 2>/dev/null)" = "/usr/sbin/nodm" ] (code=exited, sta
>   Main PID: 20308 (nodm)
>   Tasks: 2 (limit: 4915)
>   Memory: 26.7M
>   CGroup: /system.slice/nodm.service
>           ??20308 /usr/sbin/nodm
>           ??20312 /usr/lib/xorg/Xorg :0 -nolisten tcp vt7
>nov 30 21:02:46 htpc sh[20308]:         Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
>nov 30 21:02:46 htpc sh[20308]:         to make sure that you have the latest version.
>nov 30 21:02:46 htpc sh[20308]: Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
>nov 30 21:02:46 htpc sh[20308]:         (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
>nov 30 21:02:46 htpc sh[20308]:         (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
>nov 30 21:02:46 htpc sh[20308]: (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sat Nov 30 21:02:46 2019
>nov 30 21:02:46 htpc sh[20308]: (==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
>nov 30 21:02:46 htpc sh[20308]: (==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
>nov 30 21:03:16 htpc nodm[20308]: X server did not respond after 30 seconds
>nov 30 21:03:16 htpc nodm[20308]: sending X server 20312 the TERM signal
>Apart from this I can not see anything suspicious in the log files.
>Let me know if I should provide any additional information.
>Best regards,
>Peter Carlsson

I have never heard of nodm before, so I can not help with that.  But
it should be possible to work around this problem by switching to
using another display manager.  The standard setup for MythTV on
Ubuntu uses an XFCE4 desktop and lightdm, and with that combination
you can have it automatically log in and start mythfrontend.  I
believe automatic login also works using XFCE4 and gdm, but if you
want x11vnc to work use lightdm.

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