Bug 490566 - kdm can't deal with xinit-compat desktop session
Summary: kdm can't deal with xinit-compat desktop session
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 540546
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kdebase-workspace
Version: 12
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Rex Dieter
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
: 540365 (view as bug list)
Depends On: 540546
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Reported: 2009-03-17 00:42 UTC by Tom Horsley
Modified: 2010-03-13 21:45 UTC (History)
10 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2010-03-13 21:45:11 UTC
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Description Tom Horsley 2009-03-17 00:42:04 UTC
Description of problem:

I switched to KDM to see if it was any less horrible than GDM, and found that
it apparently doesn't have any idea how to run ~/.xsession if my
~/.dmrc file is set to xinit-compat.

As soon as I login, I get logged out again as the login script apparently
just exits. I added echo commands to my ~/.xsession file (which GDM runs
just fine), and there is no evidence that it ever got as far as running

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. edit /etc/sysconfig/desktop
3. Have a ~/.dmrc file that looks like:


4. Get logged out as soon as you login

Actual results:
See above

Expected results:
Run my ~/.xsession file

Additional info:

Comment 1 Rex Dieter 2009-03-17 01:01:30 UTC
rpm -q  xorg-x11-xinit-session

In the meantime, I'll see if I can reproduce.

Curious, what is the contents of your ~/.xsession ?

Comment 2 Tom Horsley 2009-03-17 01:24:08 UTC
rpm -q  xorg-x11-xinit-session gives:


It works fine when I run GDM.

My .xsession file is kinda complex and invokes some programs I wrote
myself, but for what it is worth, here it is:

-rwxr-xr-x 1 tom users 1942 Mar 16 19:53 /home/tom/.xsession*

exec >> $HOME/.xsession-errors 2>&1
echo ''
echo Starting X session `date`
set +x
killall -9 gnome-keyring-daemon
ps f -u tom
# Try everything possible to disable every kind of power saver mode.
# The radeon driver seems to flake out the monitor after power saver
# kicks in 1st time...
#xset s off
#xset dpms 0 0 0
#xset -dpms
#setterm -blank 0
#setterm -powersave off
#setterm -powerdown 0
if [ -z "$SSH_AUTH_SOCK" ]
   echo .xsession starting ssh-agent
   eval `ssh-agent -s`
   echo ssh-agent already started
xhost +
   echo .xsession starting dbus
   eval `dbus-launch --sh-syntax --exit-with-session`
   echo dbus already started
# Tricky bit - the /usr/libexec/gnome-settings-daemon program is good to
# run to revive the font settings, but it also revives all sorts of
# useless crap I don't want, so start it, wait a bit and then remove
# all the crap it adds to the xrdb database.
# Breaking news! Every damn time I connect from work via VNC, the next
# time I login to the console X session, I get a $#@! popup about
# "The X system keyboard settings differ from your current GNOME
# keyboard settings." After near infinite amounts of poking sticks
# in random holes, I finally discovered that the $@#! gconf keys
# under /desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/kbd.sysbackup need to
# be reset to make this go away, so just always reset that key before
# starting gnome-settings-daemon.
/usr/bin/gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/kbd.sysbackup
/usr/libexec/gnome-settings-daemon &
sleep 5
xrdb -all -remove
xrdb -load $HOME/.Xdefaults
nlaunch &
ps f -u tom
xmessage -geometry +0-0 -buttons 'to Log Out':1 -default 'to Log Out' 'Click Here'
killall remind
if [ "$kill_agent" = "yes" ]
   ssh-agent -k

Comment 3 Tom Horsley 2009-03-17 02:09:42 UTC
I notice that the /usr/share/xsessions/xinit-compat.desktop file is the
only one with a complex command to run as the Exec= parameter. I wonder
if kdm is trying to do a direct exec of the line rather than running
it through a shell to interpret the arguments properly?

Comment 4 Rex Dieter 2009-03-17 02:21:23 UTC
I can reproduce the problem alright.

Replacing /usr/share/xsessions/xinit-compat.desktop Exec= with either
or even
Exec=sh -c 'exec ~/.xsession || exec ~/.Xclients || exec /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients'
makes it work.  Not sure how/why the " characters are causing mischief here.

Comment 5 Tom Horsley 2009-03-17 21:46:54 UTC
I personally suspect kdm is attempting to run the command:

'sh' '-c' '"exec' '~/.xsession' '||' ... etc.

anyway, I made a script in /usr/local/bin that runs the command

exec ~/.xsession || exec ~/.Xclients || exec /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients

then made a new .desktop file in /usr/share/xsessions that just
runs that script, and I can login now with KDM.

Comment 6 JM 2009-05-11 15:17:26 UTC
Same problem here, is this now a 'xorg-x11-xinit-session' script bug or a KDM/KDE bug? And would the workaround from comment #4 (' instead of ") work also for GDM? Because then a new 'xorg-x11-xinit-session' script would fix the problem.

Comment 7 Rex Dieter 2009-05-11 15:27:34 UTC
> And would the workaround from comment #4 (' instead of ") 
> work also for GDM?

Good question, if someone could help test that, it would be great (I'll do so myself eventually when I accumulate enough round-tuits).

Comment 8 Steven M. Parrish 2009-06-28 23:54:28 UTC
Rex, how many round-tuits you got saved up?

Steven M. Parrish - KDE Triage Master
                  - PackageKit Triager
Fedora Bugzappers volunteer triage team

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Comment 10 Rex Dieter 2009-11-18 14:37:42 UTC
I strongly suspect this is still valid, rebasing.

Withdrawing some round-tuits from savings to investigate per comment #7

Comment 11 Rex Dieter 2009-11-23 15:55:32 UTC
*** Bug 540365 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 12 Rex Dieter 2010-03-13 21:45:11 UTC
Dup'ing against bug #540546 , where we're working to simplify xinit-compat instead.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 540546 ***

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