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bug#18375: 24.4.50; Emacs hangs X session manager logout in certain case


From: Jan Djärv
Subject: bug#18375: 24.4.50; Emacs hangs X session manager logout in certain cases
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 20:40:43 +0200

Hi.

3 sep 2014 kl. 11:53 skrev Christoph Ruegge <address@hidden>:

> They
> also give applications the opportunity to query the user about unsaved
> changes and such things. Now Emacs does not do that, but it's fairly
> simple to do implement using `emacs-save-session-functions'.
> Additionally, the only reason for me to log out is usually to restart
> the computer, so Emacs will get killed anyway. Having the opportunity
> to query about potential data loss may be useful.

Save state is part of the session protocol.  But as daemon is supposed to 
survive the session, there is no saving of state needed when the session dies.

> That being said, I realize that my patch is rather intrusive and that
> the more minimal solution of the daemon not using the SM at all is
> better, especially since the daemon _can_ survive losing the X
> connection (maybe in case of an X crash), which would lead to
> unexpected behaviour in the next session. So one simply has to rely on
> something like auto-save to prevent data loss.
> 
> Still, there's a corner case of the same bug occuring in non-daemon
> mode, since it's technically possible to close the first terminal
> after using e.g. "emacsclient -t", though that is likely a rather rare
> situation.

The tests I done shows that the SM connection is not closed properly, ever.
So it is a bug.  On the other hand, X style session management is kind of 
deprecated.
You can see this in Fedora 20, where the whole desktop dies when emacsclient -c 
starts a new frame for a daemon outside the session.  I guess it looses it when 
a process outside the session attach to the session (or something like that).

I will fix the bug, and disable SM for daemon.

As for exposing SM to lisp, that might not be a bad idea, but it would be 
better to implement and expose the newer d-bus based SM than the old X based 
SM.   The latter will probably go away within a couple of years.  Gnome only 
has a compability layer for it on top of the d-bus SM.

        Jan D.






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