Bug 163558 - /etc/X11/prefdm splits xdm/gdm/etc. params with embedded space
/etc/X11/prefdm splits xdm/gdm/etc. params with embedded space
Status: CLOSED ERRATA
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: initscripts (Show other bugs)
4.0
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Brock Organ
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Depends On: 154312
Blocks: 156322
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Reported: 2005-07-18 17:01 EDT by Bill Nottingham
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:54 EDT (History)
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Fixed In Version: RHBA-2005-607
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Description Bill Nottingham 2005-07-18 17:01:47 EDT
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #154312 +++

Description of problem:
/etc/X11/prefdm, a shell script and a part of initscripts, used to launch
X11 display manager from /etc/inittab, doesn't pass parameters containing
spaces to *dm correctly - it splits such parameters using whitespace as
a delimiter. This behavious breaks things like:

   /etc/X11/prefdm -server ":0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X ...

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
7.93.7-1 (i.e., current FC3 update)

How reproducible:
Run the following by hand, with no xserver running. Observe parameters passed
to xdm (gdm, kdm etc.) or, for example, xdm output.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. /etc/X11/prefdm -server ":0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X"
2. tail /var/log/xdm-errors

Actual results:
"xdm error (pid 9491): Missing display type for :0"
Xserver doesn't started

Expected results:
Xserver stdout and/or stderr output, Xserver running

OTOH it would be nice if prefdm sends *dm output to a different than /dev/null
location. These is a bug report about that open for few years, I think.
Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 2005-07-21 13:44:04 EDT
Fixed in 7.93.14.EL-1.
Comment 4 Red Hat Bugzilla 2005-10-05 11:47:58 EDT
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.

http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHBA-2005-607.html

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