Bug 446756 - other... is remarkably uninformative
Summary: other... is remarkably uninformative
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm
Version: 9
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: jmccann
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-05-15 21:40 UTC by Tom Horsley
Modified: 2015-01-14 23:21 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 18:01:29 UTC

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Description Tom Horsley 2008-05-15 21:40:24 UTC
Description of problem:

If all my ordinary users are NIS, then the standard fedora 9 login
screen for gdm comes up with nothing on it except a label that
says "others...". That seems utterly meaningless - other than what?
There aren't other choices :-).

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. define no ordinary users
2. see login screen
Actual results:

cryptic login screen

Expected results:

How about, if the only choice is others, you just go ahead and put
the dadgum username field up so you can start typing (where does the
obsession to hide stuff that shouldn't be hidden come from? :-).

Additional info:

Comment 1 David Jansen 2008-05-16 12:04:28 UTC
Same here, but with LDAP in stead of NIS.
Also, in the previous version of gdm, I knew how to modify the theme it used for
the login screen, but there doesn't seem to be anything like these gdm themes in
the current version, so apart from patching the code, I don't know if the login
screen can be customized

Comment 2 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-05-16 13:46:43 UTC
hmm, this should be working fairly well already.  Some time before release we
made it automatically select "Other..." field:

* Tue Apr 22 2008 Ray Strode <rstrode@redhat.com> - 1:2.21.10-0.2008.04.22.1
- Auto select "Other..." user if it's the only item in the list

So what's left is:
1) figure out why it's not working for some users
2) change the label from "Other..." to something better like "Enter Username..."

Comment 3 Tom Horsley 2008-05-19 21:41:44 UTC
Of course, if you do auto-select other, then, as near as I can tell, the
restart and shutdown buttons will be inaccessible from the gdm screen :-).

Comment 4 David Jansen 2008-05-20 12:08:40 UTC
I noticed, if other is selected automatically, and I click on "cancel", it shows
me the right screen, with the recently logged in users, and suddenly "Other" is
a very reasonable text for the label.
So it looks like "Other" is autoselected even if it is not the only item on the list

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