Devuan bug report logs - #301
slim logins don't get registered in utmp

Package: slim; Reported by: Ralph Ronnquist <>;
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2019 10:03:01 UTC;
Done: Mark Hindley <>;
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Subject: bug#301: slim logins don't get registered in utmp
To: Devuan Bug Tracking System <>
From: Ralph Ronnquist <>
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2019 20:55:43 +1100

Package: slim
Version: 1.3.6-5+devuan6

slim doesn't seem to update /var/run/utmp and /var/log/wtmp anymore?
also previous versions of slim: I'm still getting the 'w' report:
 08:06:53 up 0 min,  0 users,  load average: 0.29, 0.08, 0.02
USER     TTY      FROM             LOGIN@   IDLE   JCPU   PCPU WHAT

Likewise, 'last' tells about reboot and tty1 login(s) but not my 'slim'

I getting the same with the
previous slim distributions as well; I returned to 1.3.6-5.1+devuan2
just to verify, and I've now also gone "back" to 1.3.6-5+devuan4, which
'apt-cache policy slim' claims is the jessie version; the 'w' report
stays the same (also after reboots).

So, apparently 'slim' since long ago believes something else is
responsible for registring the session(s), but that something else
doesn't agree. Maybe that's down to 'consolekit', then?
[addition by wirelessduck via]
I’m running consolekit with lightdm on a regular ascii.

I just installed slim alongside lightdm and set it as default. Rebooted
and logged in via slim.

I get nothing listed when running 'w' and 'who'. Checking output of
'last' shows the reboot time correctly but my slim login doesn’t appear
at all.

I switched back to lightdm and I see my user appearing in the output of
both 'w' and 'who'.  The 'last' output also shows my lightdm login from

I should note that this login account comes from winbind, but I don’t
think that should be affecting this at all?


Further on this:

I've also got a dist-upgraded beowulf with a no-install-recommends
installation of task-xfce-desktop, and this one is fine wrt 'w'/'last'
report for slim using consolekt, and still fine when I downgraded
consolekit to the ascii version. The newest 'slim' is fine btw.

A little bit of digging tells me that my laptop has XDG_SESSION_COOKIE
set which my beowulf VM doesn't. That difference might be enough to
steer things differently for /etc/X11/Xsession.d/90consolekit, which (by
guesswork) has a significant decision point about the session startup.
Basically, X startup only runs /usr/bin/ck-launch-session if the
variable is unset (at that time).

Someone who knows stuff might kindly pull me right, but now I'm chasing
the reason why may latop gets XDG_SESSION_COOKIE set (while my beowulf
VM doesn't)...


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