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Bug 2010 - log xdm (gdm/kdm) logins to utmpx/wtmp and /var/log/messages
log xdm (gdm/kdm) logins to utmpx/wtmp and /var/log/messages
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
: 2366 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 1999-04-05 16:07 EDT by stewart
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-05-17 10:20:26 EDT
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Description stewart 1999-04-05 16:07:27 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
Comment 1 Preston Brown 1999-05-17 10:20:59 EDT
XFree86 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.
Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-03 11:40:59 EDT
*** 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 scott@mehosky.com  05/09/99 17:20 -------
I have had this problem on several Red Hat systems.

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