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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: Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:10:48 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.2 (gnu/linux)


Timothy Sample <address@hidden> skribis:

> 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]
>     Encoding=UTF-8
>     Type=Application
>     Name=Fail
>     Comment=This session always fails.
>     NoDisplay=true
>     Exec=false
> 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.

I have a slight preference for the hack you propose Timothy, at least in
the short term, because it seems less likely to break anything than
fiddling with “Exec=custom” and all that.

Anyway, it’d be great if one of you could push a fix by 1.0.  :-)


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