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Config dialog on every login?



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Hi,

some time ago I created a bugzilla report against the package
mail-notification in FC5 extras. The report has been closed as "WONTFIX"
but the reasons for that resolution are not comprehensible to me. The
bug report does not deal with some application specific problems but
rather general behavior of applications. Thus, I post this message to
the devel list asking you to give your opinion about the issue.

The bug is filed at
<https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=197342>
but I give a short description of the problem.

Mail Notification monitors mailboxes for new mail and provides a small
icon in the GNOME panel. Some screenshots can be found at
<http://www.nongnu.org/mailnotify/>.

If there are no mailboxes configured to be monitored yet, Mail
Notification comes up with a config dialog that can be seen here:
<http://test.selke.info/mail-notification-config.png>. Note that this
dialog comes up every time when there are no mailboxes configured, not
just once.

Up to this point there is no problem. Users who want to use Mail
Notification can do so by starting it and setting it up. Users who are
not interested have to do nothing.

But the upstream package, and so the Fedora RPM, provides an autostart
feature for this application by creating the file
/usr/share/gnome/autostart/fedora-mail-notification.desktop. Because of
this *any* user (who has not configured any mailboxes to be monitored
yet) gets the config dialog on every GNOME login. This in particular is
a problem on multiuser systems where some users want to use this
application and others don't. There is no way to prevent the automatic
startup at the moment.

I think it's a bad idea at all to start a user program on every login by
default.

What is your opinion?


Joachim
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B. Sc. Joachim Selke
Universität Hannover, Institut für Theoretische Informatik
Appelstraße 4, 30167 Hannover, Germany
<http://www.thi.uni-hannover.de/>
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