3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 25, 2012 1:07 PM by muvvas

    Enable gdm in Solaris 11 non-global zone

      I am trying to enable gdm in a fresh solaris 11 NGZ. I installed slim_install and solaris-desktop. gdm will not start, and shows the following:

      # svcs -xv gdm
      svc:/application/graphical-login/gdm:default (GNOME Display Manager)
      State: offline since Thu Jun 14 10:56:54 2012
      Reason: Service svc:/system/hal:default is in an invalid state.
      See: http://sun.com/msg/SMF-8000-GE
      Path: svc:/application/graphical-login/gdm:default
      Reason: Service svc:/system/dbus:default is temporarily disabled.
      See: http://sun.com/msg/SMF-8000-GE
      Path: svc:/application/graphical-login/gdm:default
      See: man -M /usr/share/man -s 1m gdm
      Impact: This service is not running.

      # svcs -xv dbus
      svc:/system/dbus:default (D-BUS message bus)
      State: disabled since Thu Jun 14 12:47:15 2012
      Reason: Temporarily disabled by an administrator.
      See: http://sun.com/msg/SMF-8000-1S
      See: man -M /usr/man -s 1 dbus-daemon
      See: /var/svc/log/system-dbus:default.log
      Impact: 2 dependent services are not running:

      # uname -a
      SunOS test-host 5.11 11.0 sun4v sparc sun4v

      I gather from reading other threads that dbus will not run in a NGZ, so how can I get gnome desktop manager to start?
        • 1. Re: Enable gdm in Solaris 11 non-global zone
          I contacted Oracle and found out that Gnome Desktop Manager will not run in a zone. I needed it because I was going to install Oracle Database Turns out that the only way I could do it was to run the installer using a response file in silent mode, or by using a terminal emulator. I went for the terminal emulator choice, using putty and xming. It's actually heaps better because I didn't really want to install GDM just so that I could run the Oracle installer... now my system is much cleaner.
          • 2. Re: Enable gdm in Solaris 11 non-global zone

            if you still have not got any answer from oracle support like us, perhaps i can give you a hin to fix this ...

            First we changed /etc/gdm/custom.conf

            Then we changed smf service layout for svc:/application/graphical-login/gdm:default

            We deleted dependencies for hal, consolekit and dbus in /lib/svc/manifest/application/graphical-login/gdm.xml

            After that we started gdm service, but it failed. THe gdm-binary needs a socket from dbus ...
            So we modified dbus start script.

            Just comment check for "non-global zone" out in /lib/svc/method/svc-dbus

            #if smf_is_nonglobalzone; then
            # /usr/sbin/svcadm disable -t svc:/system/dbus
            # echo "dbus-daemon cannot be run in non-global zones"
            # sleep 5 &
            # exit $SMF_EXIT_OK

            then start dbus service and gdm service ...

            hope that helps...

            Just contact Oracle to deliver update for you !

            • 3. Re: Enable gdm in Solaris 11 non-global zone
              their is one more option run vnc server in zone..that will do ,we use vnc server to install thr db/cc related insatallations

              you need to run vncserver

              before running configure path for vnc as follow