Yet another GNOME/GDM 3 idiocy: dropping ~/.dmrc support

I am so sorry I have to blog about GNOME3 once again. But this time, as distributor, I feel really upset.

As long as we had GNOME2 in repositories, we stuck to gdm-2.20, the last GDM release providing complete theming support and all the bells and whistles a complete Login Manager should have.

Unfortunately, we had to move to the somewhat incomplete thing GNOME3 is, and the same happened to GDM. No more xml-based theming support (unlike current KDM 4.7), no more fancy features but also, no more ~/.dmrc handling.

For those who don’t know what .dmrc is, in short, it’s a place where the default xsession can be declared. This is really important at provisioning/boot time, especially when you want to load non-standard xsessions (perhaps: XBMC, in our Media Center boot profile).

Funny enough, this is still the suggested method at GNOME. And this is a de-facto standard. Any DM out there supports ~/.dmrc.

But it turns out GNOME developers are smarter than any other in deciding that standards (even de-facto ones) just suck and are for noobs. In fact, they happily decided to “fuck the user is stupid” (yeah, it’s a verb) and implement a GNOME-centric dbus-based service (oh MY GOD!) called: accountsservice just to mangle with DM default user settings, like language and the default XSession. How can a GNOME-related tool not really considered by the rest of the world, be hosted at freedesktop.org is a mystery.

Anyway, you may think “ok, let’s use this thing then”. And here comes the even more fun part. There is no tool in gdm nor in accountsservice to do that. How comes? They moved a functionality somewhere else, dropped compatibility and killed its usefulness completely? Hello? Is there anybody at GNOME?

Creating a custom configuration file is not working, due to a bug in GDM/AccountsService, which always resets the default xsession at every boot. Doing the whole thing through dbus at boot time is just ridiculous and kills the performance so bad. Now you may wonder how distros tried to cope with it. The answer is right there in the open: GNOME Bugzilla. Oh, look, it’s yet another rotting bug from 2009.

WTF GNOME guys? Are you done breaking stuff? (don’t get me started with notification-daemon…). Sick of all this.

About lxnay

the creator of Sabayon Linux, Entropy Package Manager {Eit, Equo, Rigo}, Molecule release media buildsystem, Matter Portage buildbot/tinderbox and only God knows what else...

One response to “Yet another GNOME/GDM 3 idiocy: dropping ~/.dmrc support

  1. Andriy

    The Gnome guys convinced me to switch from Gnome2 to e17. Thanks to them I’ve finally found time to discover this wonderful DE. And now I’m removing Gnome particles one by one­čÖé

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