[Pkg-ayatana-devel] Bug#586810: Bug#586810: indicator-applet-session: unusable due to removal of gdm/gdm3

Andrew SB a.starr.b at gmail.com
Mon Sep 6 16:54:40 UTC 2010

On Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 11:07 AM, Teodor MICU <mteodor at gmail.com> wrote:
> Raising the severity due to the fact that the package cannot be
> installed in the current configuration. Probably this was fixed
> somehow by Ubuntu since there it is installed by default with 'gdm3'.

Both gdm3 (which provides fast-user-switch-applet) and
indicator-applet-session ship

In Ubuntu, they seem to have resolved this by patching GDM to install
and use /usr/lib/bonobo/servers/GNOME_FastUserSwitchAppletGdm.server
instead. GDM in Ubuntu also doesn't provide fast-user-switch-applet.

See: https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gdm/+bug/410498

This seems a bit unfortunate. I'm not sure why they would apply a
patch to GDM which will probably not be accepted upstream when they
control the upstream of indicator-applet-session. It seems like they
could have better fixed this there.

I doubt we can/should take the same approach in Debian. Perhaps we
could patch indicator-applet-session use
/usr/lib/bonobo/servers/GNOME_FastUserSwitchIndicator.server or
something. Any other ideas?

- Andrew Starr-Bochicchio

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