X2Go Bug report logs - #1431
Extend haltbt functionality to work standalone

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Package: x2goclient; Maintainer for x2goclient is X2Go Developers <x2go-dev@lists.x2go.org>; Source for x2goclient is src:x2goclient.

Reported by: Erik Erik <embracetheunknown@live.com>

Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2020 14:55:02 UTC

Severity: wishlist

Merged with 1430

Found in version 4.1.2.1-4

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Bug#1431; Package x2goclient. (Sat, 11 Jan 2020 14:55:02 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


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From: Erik Erik <embracetheunknown@live.com>
To: "submit@bugs.x2go.org" <submit@bugs.x2go.org>
Subject: Haltbt is useless...
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2020 14:54:16 +0000
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Package: x2goclient
Version: 4.1.2.1-4

I'm using raspberry pi 4 with fresh installation of raspbian buster.

When I start x2goclient with --haltbt the shutdown button is doing nothing when I clicked 100 times? Please let me know how many times should I click for the button to works?

Btw thanks for making this great software.
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Bug#1431; Package x2goclient. (Sat, 25 Jan 2020 17:05:02 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


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From: Mihai Moldovan <ionic@ionic.de>
To: 1431@bugs.x2go.org
Cc: Erik Erik <embracetheunknown@live.com>
Subject: Re: Bug#1431: Haltbt is useless...
Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:02:55 +0100
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Control: retitle -1 Extend haltbt functionality to work standalone
Control: severity -1 wishlist

> I'm using raspberry pi 4 with fresh installation of raspbian buster.
> 
> When I start x2goclient with --haltbt the shutdown button is doing nothing when I clicked 100 times? Please let me know how many times should I click for the button to works?

The button works like expected. You're just hold it wrong.

No, seriously, the halt button does exactly what it's supposed to do, you just
misinterpreted what it does. What the button really does is creating a single
file. This file is then interpreted and acted upon by the other scripts within a
thinclient environment.


However, I believe you're not using a thinclient environment. In that case, yes,
the halt button will do nothing useful to you.


I'm changing this issue report into a wishlist bug, because it might make sense
to extend the scope of this button to work in non-TCE modes.

This said, the amount of work required for this is huge, so I probably won't
implement it. Essentially, we'd have to figure out whether we're running inside
of a TCE or not (which is very difficult on its own, since we now have TCEs with
full desktop environment like the MATE Minidesktop variant that are not easily
distinguished from non-TCE environments) and actually initiating a system
shutdown is crazy difficult. Since a normal user can't do that (for obvious
reasons), each desktop environment pretty much has its own way of talking to a
daemon running with higher privileges (usually via dbus) that checks whether the
user is allowed to cause a system shutdown or not and executes the action if
needed. I'm not even sure if there is a standard way of doing so.



Mihai

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Changed Bug title to 'Extend haltbt functionality to work standalone' from 'Haltbt is useless... '. Request was from Mihai Moldovan <ionic@ionic.de> to 1431-submit@bugs.x2go.org. (Sat, 25 Jan 2020 17:05:03 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Severity set to 'wishlist' from 'normal' Request was from Mihai Moldovan <ionic@ionic.de> to 1431-submit@bugs.x2go.org. (Sat, 25 Jan 2020 17:05:03 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Merged 1430 1431 Request was from Mihai Moldovan <ionic@ionic.de> to control@bugs.x2go.org. (Sat, 25 Jan 2020 17:05:03 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


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Bug#1431; Package x2goclient. (Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:55:01 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Acknowledgement sent to Stefan Baur <X2Go-ML-1@baur-itcs.de>:
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Message #21 received at 1431@bugs.x2go.org (full text, mbox, reply):

From: Stefan Baur <X2Go-ML-1@baur-itcs.de>
To: Mihai Moldovan <ionic@ionic.de>, 1431@bugs.x2go.org
Cc: Erik Erik <embracetheunknown@live.com>
Subject: Re: Bug#1431: Haltbt is useless...
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:53:58 +0100
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Am 25.01.20 um 18:02 schrieb Mihai Moldovan:
> This said, the amount of work required for this is huge, so I probably won't
> implement it. Essentially, we'd have to figure out whether we're running inside
> of a TCE or not (which is very difficult on its own, since we now have TCEs with
> full desktop environment like the MATE Minidesktop variant that are not easily
> distinguished from non-TCE environments) and actually initiating a system
> shutdown is crazy difficult. Since a normal user can't do that (for obvious
> reasons), each desktop environment pretty much has its own way of talking to a
> daemon running with higher privileges (usually via dbus) that checks whether the
> user is allowed to cause a system shutdown or not and executes the action if
> needed. I'm not even sure if there is a standard way of doing so.

Actually, we could create a new package and set it as "recommends" or
"suggests" on the x2goclient / x2gothinclient package.

The script we use to shutdown the system in the thinclient environment
is rather simple:
<https://code.x2go.org/gitweb?p=live-build-x2go.git;a=blob;f=config/includes.chroot/lib/live/config/2800-x2go-powerbuttonmonitor;h=cb8d29cf9e1c5cfbed00e8a842f0d1aff0c2fe24;hb=refs/heads/feature/openbox-magic-pixel-workaround-stretch>

The poweroff can be performed faster with the first sequence, but should
not be done that way when there are rw-mounted filesystems under /dev,
that's what the if/else is for.

In its current form, the script has a hardcoded user homedirectory of
/home/user/, but expanding that to check a list of users or all homedirs
under /home should not be hard.

However, on systems where /home/ is on a persistent storage device and
not a ramdisk (as in the thinclient environment), the .halt file needs
to be deleted before executing the shutdown.  That's currently missing.

-Stefan

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