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Bug 91031 - gdm doesnt pass the name of the shell
gdm doesnt pass the name of the shell
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1
Classification: Red Hat
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Havoc Pennington
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-05-16 13:30 EDT by Michael Blandford
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:06 EST (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2003-05-17 00:08:41 EDT
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Patch to resolve the problem (556 bytes, patch)
2003-05-16 13:32 EDT, Michael Blandford
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Description Michael Blandford 2003-05-16 13:30:49 EDT
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.3) Gecko/20030312

Description of problem:
gdm fails to pass the name of the shell.  This is a common oversight by
people who do not understand or expect wrappers and other programs
that switch behavior based on the name passed to argv[0] using exec

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set your login shell to a wrapper program that calls another program based on
2. Log in

Actual Results:  You would get logged out immediately.  It makes using local
display and remote via xdmcp impossible.

Additional info:

I will be including a patch to fix the problem.
Comment 1 Michael Blandford 2003-05-16 13:32:00 EDT
Created attachment 91735 [details]
Patch to resolve the problem
Comment 2 Havoc Pennington 2003-05-16 17:03:04 EDT
hmm, bugzilla got confused - in the comment, the attachment ID is wrong 
(91736 should be 91735 as in the attachment list)

anyhow, cc'ing gdm author.
Comment 3 George Lebl 2003-05-16 23:41:27 EDT
I fixed this bug in CVS.  I believe redhat doesn't have this bug does it?  I
thought redhat just reworked this part of the source to force bash always.
Comment 4 Havoc Pennington 2003-05-17 00:08:41 EDT
Ah, sorry about that. We probably don't have this bug or any change to this part
of the source at all anymore; the bug is reported against Advanced Server 2.1
which is GNOME 1.x.

Looking at the current code, it's completely different (just runs 
a script, doesn't invoke the user's shell directly). This will be 
in the next release of RHEL.

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