Re: Multiple sessions for the same user?
- From: Havoc Pennington <hp redhat com>
- To: Brian Nitz <Brian Nitz Sun COM>
- Cc: stef memberwebs com, "desktop-devel-list gnome org" <desktop-devel-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: Multiple sessions for the same user?
- Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 13:15:15 -0500
Brian Nitz wrote:
One problem I hear about from time to time is when someone is using the
same home directory for several sessions on different machines which may
be running different versions of GNOME.
e.g. Logged into my NFS home directory on a laptop running Gnome 2.10 in
Simultaneously logged into the same home directory on Sun Ray running
GNOME 2.20 on Solaris Nevada. (and/or Gnome 2.6 on Solaris 10!)
I know we can't fix past problems (easily), but if we consider the
possibility of this sort of use, we might make things better down the road.
Indeed. There are some past discussions of this. The challenge is that
for all the on-disk stuff people have to maintain not only backward but
also "forward" compatibility; you can't do things like add a possible
value of a gconf key that will break older versions of the program.
Unfortunately it's very hard to be sure nobody introduces any bugs of
this type, in any application, between any of the possible combinations
of GNOME versions... it's good to remind people of the issue and try to
minimize the bugs, but without a pretty extensive effort to QA the
behavior of GNOME releases in this context, I'm doubtful it will
reliably work to mix arbitrary GNOME versions with a shared homedir,
sadly. It's very easy to break this accidentally and in each release
there are many changes people make that are likely to break it.
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