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Re: Xsession doesn't use umask setting from /etc/login.defs

Branden Robinson wrote:
[Redirecting to debian-devel; followups set.]

On Mon, Sep 20, 2004 at 02:29:32PM +0200, Wouter Hanegraaff


After a fresh sarge install, I'm having problems with umask
settings. In /etc/login.defs I set umask to 002, and that works
for logging in on the console or remote via ssh. However, if I
use {g,x,k}dm I keep getting an umask of 022, because Xsession
is started by the display manager which has a default umask of

It seems that Xsession doesn't change the UMASK at all. Should
it do so? If not, which program should set the umask during a
graphical login?

Searching Google for "xsession umask" will give you some hints.

/etc/login.defs explicitly indicates that it is "Configuration
control definitions for the login package", and many of its
parameters are inapplicable to display managers, or already
implemented in parallel (e.g., how long do wait after a failed
login before displaying the prompt/greeter again?).

I believe that /etc/login.defs _is_ the right place to define the
default umask property.

// Tomas

Tomas Fasth <tomfa@debian.org>
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