Bug 1296245 - gdm does not set $HOME for gnome-session
gdm does not set $HOME for gnome-session
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2016-01-06 12:05 EST by Hans de Goede
Modified: 2016-12-20 12:39 EST (History)
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Description Hans de Goede 2016-01-06 12:05:20 EST
Description of problem:

gdm in F23 does not seem to set $HOME for gnome-session, this causes apps which use $HOME to find their .config files to fail. Many apps simply use $HOME since working with pwent is a pain.

This has always worked fine in the past.

It also seems that gdm does not change the cwd to $HOME before starting gnome-session either, at least apps which fall back to ./.config still do not find their .config files.
Comment 1 Hans de Goede 2016-01-06 12:12:36 EST


1) It does seem to get set for shells in a terminal, it is set in e.g. xterm so when starting apps which use $HOME from a terminal they work fine, even when staring them outside of $HOME

2) When starting apps from gnome-shell using ALt+F2 things work fine too (not sure if this is due to cwd or $HOME)

3) But when starting the app from gnome-shell overview (so via its .desktop file) $HOME is not set (or set wrongly) and cwd != $HOME . The .desktop file only contains "Exec=foo" .
Comment 2 Hans de Goede 2016-01-06 12:13:19 EST
ps comment 1 means that this possibly / likely is not a gnome-shell bug at all
Comment 3 Hans de Goede 2016-01-06 12:13:45 EST
(In reply to Hans de Goede from comment #2)
> ps comment 1 means that this possibly / likely is not a gnome-shell bug at
> all

s/gnome-shell/gdm, sorry for the spam
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