Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 159374
gdm has a dialog that displays ~/.xsession-errors instead of /tmp/xses-$user.xxxxxx
Last modified: 2009-01-09 01:52:35 EST
My understanding is that the output of my X session is supposed to go into
~/.xsession-errors. This is confirmed by what happens if I log in and then kill
my session within ten seconds. I get a dialog from gdm about the fact that my
session seemingly died prematurely with a checkbox offering to let me view the
contents of ~/.xsession-errors if I check it.
The thing is, the file it's showing me isn't actually ~/.xsession-errors, it's
/tmp/xses-jik.xxxxxx, where xxxxxx is a random sequence of six characters.
I don't know why this log file is ending up in the wrong place, but I wish it
would move back to ~/.xsession-errors where it belongs.
Normally GDM would first try to open ~/.xsession-errors and if it failed then
try to open a file in /tmp. With SELinux we want to minimize how much access a
program has to the users home directory (so that if it's exploited for whatever
reason the amount of damage it can do to a user's personal files is minimized).
Because of this a patch was added to GDM to bypass ~/.xsession-errors and skip
directly to the fallback case of using /tmp/xses-$username.xxxxxx.
The dialog should be looking at the log file that was open, however. That's a
Not a target bug.
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