fail to start X, unknown tag standard_session_servicedirs

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at
Thu Nov 23 03:57:14 PST 2006

On Thursday 23 November 2006 12:46, frederic heem wrote:
> On Thursday 23 November 2006 12:31 pm, Thiago Macieira wrote:
> > frederic heem wrote:
> > >Anyway, the daemon must handle unknown tag nicely,
> >
> > I don't agree. If you put invalid data into /etc/passwd, you don't expect
> > tools to keep working. If you write an invalid configuration into
> > Apache's httpd.conf, it won't load. If you have a corrupted xorg.conf, X
> > won't load either.
> It means these programs are not robust and are fragile like crystal glass.
> The xml configuration session.conf was well-formed but contained a tag that
> was not recognized because it was added recently. In this case, the daemon
> shall print a warning and shall not abort.

It depends on the configuration purpose.
If it contains security or privacy related settings, just starting up might 
open an unwanted attack vector or leak confidental data.


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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