I have just installed Arch Linux in my laptop.

I have awesome window manager, and I can start it from the tty with startx. When I install GDM (as I would like to have my computer start directly from GUI with a conventional login screen) and systemctl enable gdm.service + reboot and enter my password, the screen will turn black for some seconds and will return me to the login screen. Every time.

I have copied .Xauthority from my root folder to my user one and chowned it, created the files as seen here, purged the packages and reinstalling; but nothing works.


  1. Fresh Arch Linux install from LiveCD.
  2. Create your user + password.
  3. pacman -S gdm gnome
  4. systemctl enable gdm.service
  5. pacman -S awesome
  6. Add 'exec awesome' to .xinitrc.

At this point you should be able to startx to get to Awesome. After a reboot, the login screen will appear and you should be facing my error.


I have tried LightDM and it works perfectly, but the GNOME issue still bugs me and I want to solve it ASAP. I am attaching my logs:


[Basically starts normally, but says my display lasted for a bit more than a second]

  1. DMESG

gnome-session-f[747]: segfault at 0 ip 00007f3d4eb1e5c9 sp 00007ffcdd40df00 error 4 in libgtk-3.so.0.2200.2[7f3d4e83c000+6f3000]

  • use lightdm or post any error message. – Ipor Sircer Nov 8 '16 at 22:01

A fresh new install of Arch Linux following the official guide will solve the problem.

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