[Xmonad] shellPrompt kills xmonad

Benjamin M. A'Lee bma+lists at subvert.org.uk
Fri Oct 26 18:01:31 EDT 2007

On Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 11:37:20PM +0200, Andrea Rossato wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 08:53:15PM +0200, Tobias Hammerschmidt wrote:
> >  Hi,
> > 
> >  I've got an issue with the shellPrompt extension here. Everytime I'm 
> >  entering some keys in the shellPrompt xmonad crashes. Sometimes it crashes 
> >  after the first pressed key (e.g. 'a') and sometimes after the second key 
> >  (e.g. 'c' than arbritrary letter). However it does not crash, if I open the 
> >  shellPrompt and exit it by hitting ESC. I only notice this behaviour on 
> >  NixOS. The same config is working on debian etch without crashing.
> this was due to the fact the ShellPrompt expected to find bash in /bin.
> I pushed a patch so that we will now just run "bash" hoping to find it
> in the PATH.
> I think that XMonandContrib.Run that should be exporting safe
> functions.

Would it possibly be better to call /bin/sh instead, since that can
fairly reliably be found on Unix systems, whereas bash is only
common on GNU/Linux? Alternatively, look for a few (bash, zsh, ksh,
sh, possibly others) and run one.  Or use the user's $SHELL setting.

Benjamin A'Lee :: bma at subvert.org.uk
"All great truths begin as blasphemies." - George Bernard Shaw
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