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mate: enable gvfs service #56469

merged 1 commit into from Feb 28, 2019

mate: enable gvfs service #56469

merged 1 commit into from Feb 28, 2019


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@romildo romildo commented Feb 27, 2019

Motivation for this change

Enable gvfs service for the mate desktop environment. Without this Connect to Server does not work: when clicking in the panel on Places and then Connect to Server… an error message is displayed:

Can't load the supported server method list.
Please check your GVfs installation.
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@nixos-discourse nixos-discourse commented Feb 27, 2019

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services.upower.enable = config.powerManagement.enable;"mate-screensaver".unixAuth = true;

environment.variables = {
GIO_EXTRA_MODULES = [ "${pkgs.xfce.gvfs}/lib/gio/modules" ];
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Does it matter whether the gio modules are taken from xfce.gvfs vs gnome3.gvfs or just gvfs ? Just curious.


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Looking at the many definitions of gvfs:

pkgs.gvfs = callPackage ../development/libraries/gvfs { gnome = res.gnome3; };
pkgs.gnome3.gvfs = pkgs.gvfs.override { gnome = gnome3; gnomeSupport = true; };
pkgs.gnome2.gvfs = gvfs.override { gnome = self; };
pkgs.xfce.gvfs = pkgs.gvfs.override { samba = null; };

In the derivation for pkgs.gvfs there is:

  buildInputs = [
    glib libgudev udisks2 libgcrypt dbus
    libgphoto2 avahi libarchive fuse libcdio
    samba libmtp libcap polkit libimobiledevice libbluray
    libcdio-paranoia libnfs openssh
    # ToDo: a ligther version of libsoup to have FTP/HTTP support?
  ] ++ stdenv.lib.optionals gnomeSupport (with gnome; [
    libsoup gcr
    glib-networking # TLS support
    gnome-online-accounts libsecret libgdata

  mesonFlags = [
    "-Dsystemduserunitdir=${placeholder "out"}/lib/systemd/user"
  ] ++ stdenv.lib.optionals (!gnomeSupport) [
    "-Dgcr=false" "-Dgoa=false" "-Dkeyring=false" "-Dhttp=false"
  ] ++ stdenv.lib.optionals (samba == null) [
    # Xfce don't want samba

I think it would work with any of them, but pkgs.gnome3.gvfs seems more complete. And it is the one consistent with services.gnome3.gvfs.


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Thanks for looking into this, I agree.


@xeji xeji merged commit 8705341 into NixOS:master Feb 28, 2019
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@dtzWill dtzWill commented Feb 28, 2019

Is there a reason we don't set GIO_MODULES appropriately based on gfvs.enable (why should this be pushed out to anywhere that enables it)? Is the problem that we don't ("yet") have written a mechanism for doing this that combines nicely as needed?


@romildo romildo deleted the fix.mate branch Feb 28, 2019
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@xeji xeji commented Feb 28, 2019

@dtzWill sounds reasonable. But I don't know enough about the gio stuff to be sure it would work 😄


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