Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 236070
gnome-screensaver doesn't work with thinkfinger
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:12:01 EST
Description of problem:
I'm using thinkfinger from Extras, and while almost everything (sudo, login,
gdm, etc) is happy to accept a fingerprint swipe instead of a password,
gnome-screensaver insists on just a password.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install thinkfinger.
2. Edit /etc/pam.d/system-auth to add a thinkfinger line as the second entry
in the auth block:
auth sufficient pam_thinkfinger.so
Everything I've tried except for gnome-screensaver accepts a finger swipe.
I'm filing this against gnome-screensaver because googling suggests that
gnome-screensaver is at fault, not thinkfinger.
Actually it is thinkfinger's bug. PAM modules shouldn't expect to be run with
root privileges. Jon (the author of gnome-screensaver) wrote some patches to
make thinkfinger work better, though. Have a look at:
There is an upstream gnome report here with more information here:
Anyway, closing since it's a thinkfinger problem that should get fixed upstream.