Bug 4714 - /tmp/.*-unix files must exist and be owned by root at all time
/tmp/.*-unix files must exist and be owned by root at all time
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 3753
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
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Reported: 1999-08-25 22:53 EDT by charles
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-08-31 15:22:03 EDT
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Description charles 1999-08-25 22:53:40 EDT
Since XFree86- was added to
XFree86-, these directories should exist,
be owned by root.root, and have 1777 perms at all time:


Otherwise, for instance, one user won't be able to
properly use gnome if there is already a /tmp/.ICE-unix
not owned by root.  There will be one if anyone but
root last used gnome and there is not a permanent
root-owned /tmp/.ICE-unix.

They should probably be created by
since those include the pertinent libraries.  However,
they should be created with care in case someone is
using X at the time they are installed.

The /etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch may also be affected, as
well as tmpwatch itself since it should not destroy
these directories if owned by root even if they are

/tmp/.font-unix is somewhat special because of the way
/etc/rc.d/init.d/xfs is written.  It could be excluded
from this, or not (for uniformity).

To reproduce the problem, just install 6.0 + all current
patches and, as a regular user, try to use gdm to start
a gnome session twice in a row.  (Don't apply the fix
to see the unwanted behavior!!)  Then look at the
~user/.xsession-errors file.

There may be a more elegant solution by reviewing how
XFree86- works.
Comment 1 Preston Brown 1999-08-31 15:22:59 EDT
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 3753 ***

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