Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 446756
other... is remarkably uninformative
Last modified: 2015-01-14 18:21:14 EST
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):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. define no ordinary users
2. see login screen
cryptic login screen
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? :-).
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
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 <email@example.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..."
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 :-).
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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