Bug#454097: After upgrade, gdm can start only Failsafe xterm session

Loïc Minier lool at dooz.org
Mon Dec 3 13:27:29 UTC 2007

On Mon, Dec 03, 2007, Jonathan Guthrie wrote:
> >  Perhaps we shouldn't read these files and simply spawn the user's shell
> >  instead, or perhaps we should force bash.
> I don't know because I don't know why those files are read.  While it
> seems odd to me that aliasing ls would have an effect like that, that
> implies that it's getting used by the login process somewhere and
> perhaps replacing a raw "ls" with "/bin/ls" in whichever script it is 
> would be appropriate because it would bypass the aliasing.

 The files are read to allow users to define stuff during their
 Xsession; it's the default upstream behavior and mimics RedHat distros.

 Perhaps the "alias" causes an error because the shell isn't
 interactive, but I don't think it would be used in Xsession itself.
 And even would it be, it's not a problem as ls --color or whatever only
 enables terminal control chars if run on a tty, not when the output is
 redirected to a file / pipe / whatever.

Loïc Minier

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