Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 2010
log xdm (gdm/kdm) logins to utmpx/wtmp and /var/log/messages
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:49 EDT
This might go somewhere else, not certain excatly where.
Can the default behaviour of xdm/gdm (not certain about kdm)
be changed so that whenever a user logs in an entry is put
in utmpx/wtmp (for w, finger, last) as well as going in
/var/log/messages. It makes it much nicer for tracking
users down. It is nice to see entries in /var/log/secure
XFree86 188.8.131.52 build 49 and higher include this feature in
/etc/X11/xdm/GiveConsole and TakeConsole. Any *dm that uses these
files will automatically have this feature then; this includes xdm and
gdm does things entirely on its own, it doesn't use these legacy
configuration files. Please make a suggestion to the GNOME developers
to add this feature to their display manager.
*** Bug 2366 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
When logging into RH Linux via xdm the lastlog files are
not updated. Thus, a 'w' or 'who' command would show the
user as logged in, but a finger of the user would not show
them as logged in.
------- Additional Comments From firstname.lastname@example.org 05/09/99 17:20 -------
I have had this problem on several Red Hat systems.