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bug#35068: GDM crashes when it cannot find any .desktop files

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#35068: GDM crashes when it cannot find any .desktop files
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2019 22:22:37 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.2 (gnu/linux)


Danny Milosavljevic <address@hidden> skribis:

> I have the following suggestions for improvements:
> (1) Please back off after trying to login so one can actually debug things.
> If the login doesn't work on the first try it won't work on the next 245 tries
> in the next second either.
> (2) Please have a failure fallback that at least returns you to gdm instead of
> looping forever.
> (3) If there is an error message plase show it in a dialog box--
> there's xdialog and zenity that allows you to show a dialog box easily.
> (4) Please honor .xsession and .xinitrc if it's there
> (5) Please make gdm state the key to use in order to select a session type.
> I've still got no idea how to select a different session type in gdm.

We should identity how that GDM assertion failure is reached and patch
GDM to simply print an error or bail out.  Anything would be better than
the endless loop.

(Note that the zero-.desktop-files situation cannot happen when
installing from our installation image, so I would not consider it a 1.0
blocker; it’s definitely something we should fix, though.)


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