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I followed Griffon's guide to install xrdp on Ubuntu 18.04 (http://c-nergy.be/blog/?p=12761) but modified /etc/xrdp/startwm.sh to use it with gnome-flashback-metacity:

#test -x /etc/X11/Xsession && exec /etc/X11/Xsession
#exec /bin/sh /etc/X11/Xsession
#gnome-session
gnome-session --session=gnome-flashback-metacity --disable-acceleration-check & gnome-panel

I could log in from Windows client (session: Xorg) but the desktop seems to be missing various items in Applications menu (particularly Terminal), as well as the indicator icons. I could start gnome-terminal using the "right-click on Home, Open in Terminal" trick.

messed-up gnome-flashback-metacity

NB: Based on past experience, I believe this might be related to permissions. However, I cannot tell if this is a problem with xrdp or GNOME Flashback or just bad config on my part. Regular login at the physical machine works just fine.

Current /etc/xrdp/startwm.sh:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
#
# This script is an example. You might need to edit this script
# depending on your distro if it doesn't work for you.
#fixGDM-by-Griffon
gnome-shell-extension-tool -e [email protected]
gnome-shell-extension-tool -e [email protected]

if [ -f ~/.xrdp-fix-theme.txt ]; then
echo 'no action required'
else
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Ambiance'
#gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme 'Humanity'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme 'Ubuntu-mono-dark'
echo 'check file for xrdp theme fix' >~/.xrdp-fix-theme.txt
fi

#
# Uncomment the following line for debug:
# exec xterm


# Execution sequence for interactive login shell - pseudocode
#
# IF /etc/profile is readable THEN
#     execute ~/.bash_profile
# END IF
# IF ~/.bash_profile is readable THEN
#     execute ~/.bash_profile
# ELSE
#     IF ~/.bash_login is readable THEN
#         execute ~/.bash_login
#     ELSE
#         IF ~/.profile is readable THEN
#             execute ~/.profile
#         END IF
#     END IF
# END IF
pre_start()
{
  if [ -r /etc/profile ]; then
    . /etc/profile
  fi
  if [ -r ~/.bash_profile ]; then
    . ~/.bash_profile
  else
    if [ -r ~/.bash_login ]; then
      . ~/.bash_login
    else
      if [ -r ~/.profile ]; then
        . ~/.profile
      fi
    fi
  fi
  return 0
}

# When loging out from the interactive shell, the execution sequence is:
#
# IF ~/.bash_logout exists THEN
#     execute ~/.bash_logout
# END IF
post_start()
{
  if [ -r ~/.bash_logout ]; then
    . ~/.bash_logout
  fi
  return 0
}

#start the window manager
wm_start()
{
  if [ -r /etc/default/locale ]; then
    . /etc/default/locale
    export LANG LANGUAGE
  fi

  # debian
  if [ -r /etc/X11/Xsession ]; then
    pre_start
    export DESKTOP_SESSION=gnome-flashback-metacity
    export XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP="GNOME-Flashback:GNOME"
    export GDMSESSION=gnome-flashback-metacity
    export XDG_SESSION_DESKTOP=gnome-flashback-metacity

    . /etc/X11/Xsession
    post_start
    exit 0
  fi

  # el
  if [ -r /etc/X11/xinit/Xsession ]; then
    pre_start
    . /etc/X11/xinit/Xsession
    post_start
    exit 0
  fi

  # suse
  if [ -r /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession ]; then
    # since the following script run a user login shell,
    # do not execute the pseudo login shell scripts
    . /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession
    exit 0
  fi

  pre_start
  xterm
  post_start
}

#. /etc/environment
#export PATH=$PATH
#export LANG=$LANG

# change PATH to be what your environment needs usually what is in
# /etc/environment
#PATH="/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games"
#export PATH=$PATH

# for PATH and LANG from /etc/environment
# pam will auto process the environment file if /etc/pam.d/xrdp-sesman
# includes
# auth       required     pam_env.so readenv=1

wm_start

exit 1

Current .xsession:

/usr/lib/gnome-session/run-systemd-session gnome-session-flashback.target
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  • If you still have problems it might be good idea to update your post with your current configuration files. P.S. GNOME should be all capitalized. Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 16:25
  • gnome-panel should not be on gnome-session --session... line. Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 16:57
  • Does log files have some indication why gnome-panel does not start? Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 23:12

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Turns out to be a case of bad config and misunderstanding of how the GNOME Flashback environment is normally initialized. After looking through the related configuration files - /usr/lib/systemd/user/gnome-session.service and /usr/share/xsessions/gnome-flashback-metacity.desktop, I came up with the following modifications to emulate the same behavior for xrdp:

/etc/xrdp/startwm.sh:

# these global variables are set during normal login through gdm greeter
export DESKTOP_SESSION=gnome-flashback-metacity
export XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP="GNOME-Flashback:GNOME"
export GDMSESSION=gnome-flashback-metacity
export XDG_SESSION_DESKTOP=gnome-flashback-metacity

These exports should be set somewhere before . /etc/X11/Xsession (when the xsession gets started)

~/.xsession:

# starting the session through systemd, just like normal login through gdm greeter
/usr/lib/gnome-session/run-systemd-session gnome-session-flashback.target

Running gnome-session command directly was causing the indicator icons to not show up (similar to Gnome-panel applet "Indicator Applet Complete" is missing icons). So while this has been addressed with the use of run-systemd-session, I haven't identified the portion that starts gnome-panel (the panel that houses the indicator icons) during normal login, so for the xrdp xsession, I had to add gnome-panel to Startup Applications.

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    gnome-panel should be autostarted... It is in required components in *.session files. It might not be started only (if I remember correctly without looking) if XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP is wrong. Also check if XDG_MENU_PREFIX is set to gnome-flashback-. Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 16:23
  • @muktupavels I agree, but something is causing it to fail. I will just stick with what I have now until someone has a better solution
    – prusswan
    Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 16:49
  • Please show your current config files. Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 16:55
  • This did not work for me
    – Hakaishin
    Commented Dec 16, 2020 at 8:35

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