So, currently we have this weird
--autostart option, which is a PITA if we want to use a generator for autostart.
So, this feature exists to autostart a few applications even if autostart should be disabled in general. Really, this is only relevant for the login screen. People have tried to e.g. use
--failsafe in the past, but disabling all autostart affects e.g. orca, which is not really desired either. One could argue that it should be a
Either way, effectively we have one use case for this feature. That is starting
spice-vdagent in the greeter. Both install desktop files to
/etc/xdg/autostart already, and really, all we want here is whitelisting them.
So, doing it this way is simpler (i.e.
6 files changed, 27 insertions(+), 68 deletions(-)). And, the great thing is, that we can read
AutostartWhitelist in the generator, allowing us to modify the systemd session definition to explicitly pull in only those components rather than
xdg-desktop-autostart.target which would start everything.
Can we do this? It is an incompatible change technically. It may burden distributions a bit (need to patch
gnome-session.login unless we just add
spice-vdagent upstream). But it does simplify things and removes some of the magic between GDM and gnome-session.
See gdm!94 (closed) for the follow up change there (neither of these changes is actually tested currently).