Bug 743449 - gnome-session spams /var/log/security with complaints about value of SHELL not in /etc/shells
gnome-session spams /var/log/security with complaints about value of SHELL no...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-session (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2011-10-04 20:04 EDT by Michal Jaegermann
Modified: 2015-02-17 08:54 EST (History)
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Description Michal Jaegermann 2011-10-04 20:04:17 EDT
Description of problem:

After starting a gnome session I am collecting in /var/log/security repeating complaints of that sort:

pkexec[8243]: junk: The value for the SHELL variable was not found the /etc/shells file [USER=root] [TTY=unknown] [CWD=/home/junk] [COMMAND=/usr/libexec/gsd-backlight-helper --set-brightness 100]

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How reproducible:
every time I open a gnome-session and clearly when something happens in it but I do not really can tell what

Steps to Reproduce:
1. open gnome-session, watch garbage to fly
Additional info:
I cannot really tell that gnome-session is responsible for these messages but they do not happen without gnome-session absent and untangling all that mess is not easy.  Messages in question are repeating in not what it looks like regular intervals and so far I did not find any obvious activity which would trigger these.
Comment 1 Steve 2011-11-25 01:25:59 EST
found this in an upgrade of F15 -> F16
installing Oracle VirtualBox Extensions
process fails with error missing entry in /etc/shells
listing  /etc/shells shows no entry for /bin/bash
add /bin/bash to /etc/shells
process works
Comment 2 Fedora End Of Life 2013-04-03 13:27:27 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 19 development cycle.
Changing version to '19'.

(As we did not run this process for some time, it could affect also pre-Fedora 19 development
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