Bug 164112 - ksh not run as login shell when logging in via gdm
ksh not run as login shell when logging in via gdm
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
Mike McLean
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Blocks: FC5Target
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Reported: 2005-07-24 22:23 EDT by Mike MacCana
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-05-05 17:04:29 EDT
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Description Mike MacCana 2005-07-24 22:23:47 EDT
Description of problem:
Logging this on behalf of a GLS customer, tho I can reproduce this here.

Logging in via gdm does not run a login shell for ksh users. Instead a non-login
shell is run. The users ~/.profile script is never run.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Pop something in a users .profile. 
2. Log into X
Actual results:
The .profile is never run.

Expected results:
gdm should start a login shell, as it does with other shells, and as other login
apps do for ksh.

Additional info:
Comment 2 Ray Strode [halfline] 2006-01-11 16:28:26 EST
Hi Mike,

The session start up scripts do:

exec -l $SHELL -c <the session scripts>

There is a convention amoung shells that if the shell is invoked with the first
character of argv[0] as - (and then the normal argv[0]) then the shell should
execute as a login shell.

It's possible ksh doesn't follow this convention.  If it doesn't it should be fixed.
Comment 3 Karsten Hopp 2006-02-22 05:33:00 EST
from the ksh manpage: 
If the shell is invoked by exec(2), and the first character of argument 
       zero ($0) is -, then the shell is assumed to be a login shell and  com- 
       mands  are  read from /etc/profile and then from either .profile in the 
       current directory or $HOME/.profile, if either file exists. 
I've added an echo in /etc/profile and ~/.profile to see if ksh runs those 
hagen:[~] >exec -l ksh - 
executing /etc/profile 
executing ~/.profile 
Looks ok to me. 
Comment 4 Ray Strode [halfline] 2006-02-23 19:46:20 EST
Mike have you tried test3?  if so, do you still see this problem?
Comment 5 John Thacker 2006-05-05 17:04:29 EDT
Closing due to lack of response.

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