Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

Last modified 20 months ago

#11714 closed defect (fixed)

GNOME fails to start if the system time is off

Reported by: jnettlet Owned by: dsd
Priority: normal Milestone:
Component: gnome-desktop Version: 1.75-C1
Keywords: Cc: martin.langhoff, pbrobinson, godiard, erikos
Blocked By: Blocking:
Deployments affected: Action Needed: no action
Verified: no


I need to look into this further to see what is actually failing. Looks to be some interaction between gnome-settings-daemon and gnome-session.

Change History (12)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by dsd

  • Owner changed from martin.langhoff to dsd

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by martin.langhoff

  • Cc martin.langhoff added

Steps to repro

  • boot to sugar
  • switch desktop to gnome
  • sudo date -s 1/1/1970
  • sudo hwclock --hctosys
  • reboot

You'll want a serial adapter or ssh in -- using a VT is painful given systemd restart policy.

Gnome-settings-daemon is dumping core. I added ulimit -c unlimited to olpc-session and grabbed a couple coredumps and got backtraces. The backtraces are odd, and seem to imply missing glibc debuginfo (which I definitely have installed). Uploading them soon.

All of this was done on build 5.

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by martin.langhoff

Cores and backtraces uploaded to

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by martin.langhoff

This definitely repros with current F17. Upstream bug at

Repro steps with upstream Fedora:

qemu-kvm --cdrom ~/Downloads/Fedora-17-Alpha-i686-Live-Desktop.iso --rtc
base=2000-01-01T00:00:00 -m 512

comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by martin.langhoff

Fedora BZ for the stray starttime in beefy-miracle.xml - this indicates an easy workaround should upstream drop the ball:

GNOME upstream bug for the crash

comment:6 Changed 5 years ago by dsd

  • Action Needed changed from never set to add to build
  • Cc pbrobinson added

Fixed in gnome-desktop3-3.4.1-2.fc17 to be pushed in GNOME-3.4.1 update. ARM build pending.

comment:7 Changed 5 years ago by dsd

12.1.0 build 8 fixes this for XO-1 and XO-1.75, but the ARM build is still pending.

comment:8 Changed 5 years ago by pbrobinson

  • Action Needed changed from add to build to test in build

comment:9 Changed 5 years ago by dsd

Test in 12.1.0 build 9.

comment:10 Changed 5 years ago by dsd

  • Cc godiard erikos added
  • Keywords test:godiard test:erikos added

comment:11 Changed 5 years ago by greenfeld

  • Action Needed changed from test in build to no action
  • Keywords test:godiard test:erikos removed
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

GNOME starts even if the hwclock is set back to 2000 (it's limit) or Linux's system time is set to January 1970 in 12.1.0 os11.

comment:12 Changed 20 months ago by Quozl

  • Milestone 12.1.0 deleted

Milestone 12.1.0 deleted

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