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doc: Suggest installing gvfs.

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Ludovic Courtès Nov. 30, 2016, 1:15 p.m. UTC
Ricardo Wurmus <rekado@elephly.net> skribis:

> Ludovic Courtès <ludo@gnu.org> writes:
>> Ricardo Wurmus <rekado@elephly.net> skribis:
>>> “gvfs” is useful for more than just GNOME.  For a long time I tried to
>>> figure out why USB devices would not be mounted automatically in Xfce
>>> and I ran gvfsd and the gvfs-* device monitor daemons manually — until
>>> today when I understood that these daemons are supposed to be started
>>> automatically if only the DBUS service files were found.
>>> We probably should add it to the “gnome” meta-package, and additionally
>>> document in the manual that gvfs must be installed system-wide to allow
>>> DBUS to find the service files and start the monitoring daemons on
>>> demand.
>> If it’s not specific to GNOME, what about adding it to
>> ‘%desktop-services’?
> How would that work?

This patch extends DBus with gvfs, since you said gvfs is a set of DBus
services (I didn’t check).  If gvfs provides DBus service definition
files, then DBus will automatically pick them and start the services on

> “gvfs” doesn’t provide any services that would be run as root.  It
> only comes with dbus service files; the daemons are started as the
> current user on demand over dbus when certain libraries are loaded.

OK, so that was the wrong approach.

In that case, what about adding the package to the global profile like
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diff --git a/gnu/services/desktop.scm b/gnu/services/desktop.scm
index 7555780..5d02bd0 100644
--- a/gnu/services/desktop.scm
+++ b/gnu/services/desktop.scm
@@ -753,6 +753,10 @@  with the administrator's password."
          (screen-locker-service slock)
          (screen-locker-service xlockmore "xlock")
+         ;; GVFS is used by both GNOME and Xfce.  It provides DBus services
+         ;; started on behalf of users, and those daemons need to be in $PATH.
+         (simple-service 'gvfs profile-service-type gvfs)
          ;; The D-Bus clique.