So it seems that the problem is not that xorg doesn't set
DESKTOP_SESSION correctly, it's that SDDM uses an absolute path for this
instead of just the base name like every other window manager.

I'll fix it in Ubuntu; meanwhile, a bug is filed upstream. Linked here.

** Also affects: sddm (Ubuntu)
   Importance: Undecided
       Status: New

** Changed in: xorg (Ubuntu Bionic)
       Status: Confirmed => Invalid

** Changed in: xorg (Ubuntu Bionic)
   Importance: High => Wishlist

** Changed in: xorg (Ubuntu Bionic)
     Assignee: Simon Quigley (tsimonq2) => (unassigned)

** Changed in: sddm (Ubuntu Bionic)
       Status: New => In Progress

** Changed in: sddm (Ubuntu Bionic)
   Importance: Undecided => High

** Changed in: sddm (Ubuntu Bionic)
     Assignee: (unassigned) => Simon Quigley (tsimonq2)

** Also affects: sddm via
   https://github.com/sddm/sddm/issues/852
   Importance: Unknown
       Status: Unknown

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Title:
  60x11-common_xdg_path uses $DESKTOP_SESSION which needs a sanity check

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