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Bug#10445: marked as done (xterm: using -e with -ls fails to open a login shell)

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The -ls option does not do the right thing if -e is also specified to
execute a command, because xterm does an execvp _before_ the shell (bash
in this case) can read the system and user profiles. This breaks (for

xterm -ls -e trn

because the environment is not set up properly.


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On Sun, Sep 21, 2003 at 01:59:53PM -0400, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> >                      Debian Bug report logs - [1]#10445
> >             xterm: using -e with -ls fails to open a login shell
> This should be closed since the documentation fixes requested were made.

Since xterm 4.2.1-8 at the latest (and probably for several package
releases before that) the xterm manpage has said the following:

       -ls     This  option  indicates  that  the shell that is started in =
               xterm window will be a login shell (i.e., the  first  charac=
               of  argv[0]  will  be  a  dash, indicating to the shell that=
               should read the user's .login or .profile).

               Note that this is incompatible with -e, since the login prog=
               does not provide a way to specify the command to run in the =
               shell.  If you specify both, xterm uses -ls.

Closing this report.

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