Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 462419
user image not getting displayed on login screen
Last modified: 2015-01-14 18:21:49 EST
Description of problem:
Login screen is not displaying my user image even though I have set it in System->preferences->Personal->about me
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Steps to Reproduce:
The default blank icon is displayed.
Should display the user image I set.
I tried with kdm the same problem exists.
With kdm I can use system settings to select a user image to be displayed. And it works. But I know that gdm used to get it from the user picture I set in about me and its not working now.
In my case, the problem was that the greeter (running as the gdm user, not root) can't read your ~/.face file. Home directories in Fedora are created by default with 0700 permissions. By changing the permissions to 0711 and making ~/.face 0644, I was able to make the icons shown.
I don't know how kdm works, but I suspect the same issue.
I believe the 0700 $HOME permissions happens because the default UMASK setting in /etc/login.defs in 077.
With kdm it works. We can use the system settings login manager to set the image
Happened to me on a fresh F10 desktop spin install. This bug should probably be reassigned to whatever component actually creates the user home directories.
There's another bug open about this issue that I can't find right now. Basically, people don't want to open up the home directories just to be able to see the .face file. This used to be OK because gdm ran as root and could read the file, but now the gdm greeter runs unprivileged.
I think that the only sane long term solution is to have a helper that can grab the face files and have the greeter can ask the helper for them. It could probably be a dbus system service that was launched on demand.
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This bug still exists in Fedora 11, so I suppose it should remain open as a Fedora 11 bug.
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