Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 454636
kdm cannot start default (Gnome) session when .xsession file exists
Last modified: 2008-07-09 12:33:01 EDT
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Description of problem:
kdm cannot start the "Default" Gnome desktop when an even empty .xsession file exists. When "Gnome" instead of "Default" is selected in kdm as session type kdm will be able to start kdm.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. touch $HOME/.xsession && chmod u+x $HOME/.xsession
2. Select "Default" (Gnome was the default) session type in kdm
3. Select "Gnome" session type in kdm as comparison
The screen will go black and the kdm greeter will reaper (Steps to Reproduce: 2.)
The Gnome desktop starts up (Steps to Reproduce: 3.)
email@example.com has seen a live demonstration of the bug.
rpm -q xorg-x11-xinit-session
My suspicion is that it is installed, and when it is, tries to use ~/.xsession,
and since it is empty, does nothing, and immediately ends the session.
Yeah, Than already debugged the problem and explained it to me as "user error":
Default for kdm means use .xsession if it exists else .xclients else Gnome else
KDE, etc. gdm doesn't have this "Default" notion.
Please feel free to close the ticket.