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Bug 159374

Summary: gdm has a dialog that displays ~/.xsession-errors instead of /tmp/xses-$user.xxxxxx
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Jonathan Kamens <jik>
Component: gdmAssignee: Ray Strode [halfline] <rstrode>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Mike McLean <mikem>
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Description Jonathan Kamens 2005-06-02 03:06:59 UTC
My understanding is that the output of my X session is supposed to go into
~/.xsession-errors.  This is confirmed by what happens if I log in and then kill
my session within ten seconds.  I get a dialog from gdm about the fact that my
session seemingly died prematurely with a checkbox offering to let me view the
contents of ~/.xsession-errors if I check it.

The thing is, the file it's showing me isn't actually ~/.xsession-errors, it's
/tmp/xses-jik.xxxxxx, where xxxxxx is a random sequence of six characters.

I don't know why this log file is ending up in the wrong place, but I wish it
would move back to ~/.xsession-errors where it belongs.

Comment 1 Ray Strode [halfline] 2005-06-02 14:05:35 UTC
Hi Jonathan,

Normally GDM would first try to open ~/.xsession-errors and if it failed then
try to open a file in /tmp.  With SELinux we want to minimize how much access a
program has to the users home directory (so that if it's exploited for whatever
reason the amount of damage it can do to a user's personal files is minimized).
 Because of this a patch was added to GDM to bypass ~/.xsession-errors and skip
directly to the fallback case of using /tmp/xses-$username.xxxxxx.

The dialog should be looking at the log file that was open, however.  That's a

Comment 2 Christopher Aillon 2006-01-27 20:55:26 UTC
Not a target bug.

Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2008-11-26 06:50:34 UTC
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Comment 4 Bug Zapper 2009-01-09 06:52:35 UTC
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