Bug 462419 - user image not getting displayed on login screen
user image not getting displayed on login screen
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: jmccann
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-09-15 23:04 EDT by Jithin Emmanuel
Modified: 2015-01-14 18:21 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 10:15:18 EDT
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Description Jithin Emmanuel 2008-09-15 23:04:41 EDT
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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Actual results:
The default blank icon is displayed.

Expected results:
Should display the user image I set.

Additional info:
I tried with kdm the same problem exists.
Comment 1 Jithin Emmanuel 2008-09-17 22:37:41 EDT
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.
Comment 2 Dan Nicholson 2008-09-23 16:55:21 EDT
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.
Comment 3 Jithin Emmanuel 2008-09-23 22:30:35 EDT
With kdm it works. We can use the system settings login manager to set the image
Comment 4 Rui Matos 2008-12-11 19:10:24 EST
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.
Comment 5 Dan Nicholson 2008-12-11 19:51:37 EST
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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Comment 7 Uno Engborg 2009-06-18 10:57:31 EDT
This bug still exists in Fedora 11, so I suppose it should remain  open as a Fedora 11 bug.
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