Missing "Run Xclient Script" option from gdm sessions menu

Bug #399516 reported by Jonathan Thiessen on 2009-07-14
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gdm (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gdm

Upon upgrading from Jaunty to Karmic, the "Run Xclient Script" is missing from the gdm sessions menu, and no similar option has taken it's place.

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Description: Ubuntu karmic (development branch)
Release: 9.10

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  Installed: 2.26.1-0ubuntu7
  Candidate: 2.26.1-0ubuntu7
  Version table:
 *** 2.26.1-0ubuntu7 0
        500 http://ca.archive.ubuntu.com karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

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Jonathan Thiessen (jjthiessen) wrote :

I do not know if this is the preferred method of remedy, however, I propose the following fix:

=> Create a '.desktop' file in '/usr/share/xsessions' [owned by root:root with permissions 644] whose 'Exec' entry is '/etc/X11/Xsession'. See attached example. This creates a gdm sessions menu entry that runs Xsession without any arguments. The default behavior of Xsession is to check for the user's ~/.xsession, and get sh to interpret it, thus accomplishing what we want. Of course, this should work with more than just gdm [in the case that other display managers similarly lack an equivalent option by default].

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