Decoupling gnome-keyring initialization from GNOME compatibility mode

Guido Berhoerster gber at
Fri Sep 30 13:09:28 CEST 2011

* Brian J. Tarricone <brian at> [2011-09-30 12:26]:
> On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 02:24, Guido Berhoerster <gber at> wrote:
> > Am I overlooking something or is GNOME compat mode mostly
> > useless, and in fact does more harm than good, with the exception
> > of gnome-keyring startup?
> That's probably an accurate assessment.
> > Useful features for future GNOME compatibility I can think of
> > would be to support GNOME's autostart phases and parts of the
> > org.gnome.SessionManager DBus interface (as suggested by Brian).
> > Autostart files with "OnlyShowIn=GNOME;" should also not be used,
> > rather those services compatible to Xfce sould be explicitly
> > marked "OnlyShowIn=GNOME;Xfce;" (by upstream/distros) anyway which
> > allows users to enable/disable them through
> > xfce4-session-settings "Application Autostart" editor. This would
> > basically remove the need for a "GNOME compatibility mode" which
> > has to be explicitly enabled by users.
> So in other words, we should really just drop GNOME compat mode
> entirely, add GNOME's session manager dbus interface and some support
> for autostart phases, and get Xfce-useful apps that are OnlyShowIn'd
> to GNOME fixed upstream to be our friends :).
> Actually that last bit is maybe not even necessary: we could treat
> OnlyShowIn not including Xfce similarly as we do Hidden=true, and that
> would just allow them to be disabled by default but re-enable-able by
> the user via autostart settings.

That sounds like a sensible approach to me. Should I put a RFE
with a summary of this on the bug tracker or should this rather
go on the roadmap wiki or both?

Guido Berhoerster

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