I upgraded from 16.04 to 18.04 and can no longer choose my custom ~/.xsession in the session menu in gdm3 or lightdm. If I use xdm as the login manager my ~/.xsession runs, but then I have other problems related to Gnome (my custom ~/.xsession runs Gnome + XMonad).

How can I use my custom ~/.xsession with gdm3 or lightdm?

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I can run ~/.xsession with gdm by creating /usr/share/xsessions/xsession.desktop containing

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=This session uses the custom xsession file

and then selecting XSession from the sessions menu when I log in.

(I wasn't able to find a package containing such a file, but it's easy to create it yourself once you know what to do).

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