Suggestion for Gnome and SESSION_MANAGER var

Keith Beattie KSBeattie at
Thu Nov 11 13:23:24 PST 2004

On 11/03/04 20:02, NAKATA Maho wrote:
> In Message-ID: <41801754.9000104 at> 
> Keith Beattie <KSBeattie at> wrote:
> Dear Keith,
>>I built openoffice from the port and it didn't start properly (seg faulted) 
>>until I found the comment in /usr/local/OpenOffice.org1.1.3/README about 
>>problems during start up on Gnome being solved by unsetting the 
>>$SESSION_MANAGER var.  It appears that this was only needed to run the setup 
>>program and isn't needed for running openoffice.
>>So, I thought I post a note here so others might find the solution more easily 
>>and offer the suggestion that this be handled in the openoffice-wrapper 
>>script. Something like the following:
> yeah your question is good and important one...unfortunately
> i don't know how do we fix this... 
> -- NAKATA, Maho

Well, this is a hack (and I haven't had a chance to see if this still happens 
with Gnome 2.8) but I was thinking that adding the following (pseudo coded 
here) to openoffice-wrapper (which becomes openoffice-1.1.3 when installed):

   if (using gnome && setup hasn't run yet) then unset SESSION_MANAGER

It seems that checking for ${GNOME_DESKTOP_SESSION_ID} is a kludgy but 
effective way to answer the "using gnome" question.  But I don't know about 
the "setup hasn't run yet" part.  Do you know of a way to programatically 
determine (in that script) if the setup program has run yet?  If so then I 
think we're done.

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