[systemd-devel] gdm's PulseAudio not exiting.

Colin Guthrie gmane at colin.guthr.ie
Mon Sep 3 06:47:37 PDT 2012


Been poking about trying to work out why gdm's session would not exit.

[colin at jimmy systemd-189]$ loginctl session-status 1
1 - gdm (492)
	   Since: Mon, 03 Sep 2012 09:30:34 +0100; 4h 42min ago
	  Leader: 3203
	    Seat: seat0; vc1
	 Display: :0
	 Service: gdm-launch-environment; type x11; class user
	   State: closing
	  CGroup: name=systemd:/user/gdm/1
		  ├ 3498 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --start --log-target=syslog
		  └ 3707 /usr/lib64/pulse/gconf-helper

So PA is running.

Debugging a little further:

[gdm at jimmy ~]$ pacmd list-clients
Welcome to PulseAudio! Use "help" for usage information.
>>> 2 client(s) logged in.
    index: 0
	driver: <module-systemd-login.c>
	owner module: 17
		application.name = "Login Session 1"
		systemd-login.session = "1"
    index: 21
	driver: <cli.c>
	owner module: 24
		application.name = "UNIX socket client"

So there is a client still around for module-systemd-login which
prevents PA from doing it's idle exit.

Looking at the PA code for this module, it seems that it just lists all
the sessions via:
    r = sd_uid_get_sessions(getuid(), 0, &sessions);

This means that it will return if there are any sessions, active or

I agree that if any session exits then the PA module should indeed keep
a client active and prevent idle exit. The actual state of the session
shouldn't really matter - if it exists, it's good enough (which allows
for fast user switch etc.)

However there is one caveat to that... if the session is in
"State=closing", then it should be ignored by PA, as otherwise there is
a deadlock.

Sadly there is no call in sd-login.c that can filter sessions in this
way. And even looking in the env file itself:

[colin at jimmy systemd-189]$ cat /run/systemd/users/492
# This is private data. Do not parse.

It does not seem to reflect anything to do with the fact that the
session is closing.

So, how can I differentiate between an State=active session and a
State=closing one via the sd_* methods?

Does something extra need to get added to this env var and a new API
method added to sd-login.c to cope with this?

I would propose that STATE= variable gets updated to "closing" here (if
possible) and that sd_uid_get_sessions() is modified such that passing a
require_active value of 2 (or -1?) would only return if a session is
both SESSIONS=(>=1) and STATE=(active|online).

Alternatively, we could just make uid_get_array() always require that
STATE=(active|online) and make that hard coded.




Colin Guthrie

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