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I have generic users that are logged in automatically since they’re not allowed user prefs anyway, and it would be more of a hindrance in their environment.
I use puppet to manage a staging directory that has the home directory as I want it to be, and use tmpfs for the user’s actual $HOME. In order for this to work, the staged default home needs to be copied onto the tmpfs mount before Xwindows starts.
All this means that I can’t do it in rc.local as that’s run simultaneous to the prefdm upstart job, creating a race condition.
To resolve the problem, I learned about upstart override configuration. It turns out you can create a <jobname>.override and override any stanza in the packaged upstart job configuration. In my case I created the following:
# homedir - sets up the home directory of the auto-logged-in user # pre-start script /usr/bin/puppet agent --onetime --no-daemonize >/var/log/prestart.log /usr/bin/rsync -av /home/thinguest.orig/ /home/thinguest/ >>/var/log/prestart.log /sbin/restorecon -rv /home/thinguest >> /var/log/prestart.log end script
This overrides the non-existent pre-start stanza in prefdm.conf with that script, ensuring those things are done before /etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon is executed.
This is actually true, of course, for all the EL6 based distros, and also is true for Ubuntu/Debian.
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