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

From: Timothy Sample
Subject: bug#35068: GDM crashes when it cannot find any .desktop files
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2019 14:49:42 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.2 (gnu/linux)

Hi Ludo and Danny,

Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2019 11:36:36 -0400

Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:

> Danny Milosavljevic <address@hidden> skribis:
>> Apr 21 11:23:57 localhost gdm: XXX gdm: value == NULL for key == PATH 
>> Apr 21 11:23:57 localhost gdm: Child process -1384 was already dead. 
>> Apr 21 11:23:57 localhost gdm: Child process 1381 was already dead. 
>> Apr 21 11:23:57 localhost gdm: Unable to kill session worker process 
> Good catch!
> Looks like setting PATH in GDM’s environment isn’t enough, though…

The PATH variable for GDM gets set in the package definition, too.  GDM
does a lot of environment clobbering, so it probably gets lost along the
way (it wants to follow the PAM default environment files rather than
propagate things down).  That being said, I don’t think this is the

GDM is hard-coded to fail if there are no “.desktop” files.  This
happens in the “get_fallback_session_name” function.  As an experiment,
I tried patching this out, which allows me to type in a password, but
fails later in the same way.  I’m not sure why.

I suppose we should add a default “.desktop” file to keep GDM from
exploding.  I did look at Danny’s patch (#35377), and it would work, but
it seems a little arbitrary.  Nothing understands the “Exec=custom”
line, and our “xinitrc” runs “~/.xsession” regardless of what desktop
entry is selected in the DM.

There are two workarounds.  The first is to keep Danny’s patch as-is,
but add logic to “xinitrc” so that it only uses “~/.xsession” when
passed “custom” as an argument (it’s kinda magic, but it seems to be a
common convention).  I have a slight preference for this option, because
it makes the whole “~/.xsession” thing more explicit.  However, it would
break other DMs that don’t install a “custom.desktop”.  Maybe we could
integrate it into all DMs at the service level.

The quicker workaround is to keep the current logic, and install the
following with GDM:

    [Desktop Entry]
    Comment=This session always fails.

This way, GDM fails cleanly when there are no “.desktop” files.  It
doesn’t show up in the list, either (“NoDisplay=true”), so everything
just kinda works as expected without any visible changes.

Danny, maybe you could adjust your patch to follow the second option and
apply it for the sake of everyone else who’s system profile doesn’t have
any “.desktop” files.  It might save people headaches in the short-term
regardless of what we settle on as a final solution.


-- Tim

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