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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.77 (Macintosh; U; PPC)
Description of problem:
This bug has actually been around at least since 6.2. I haven't tried it
with a lot of different passwords, but I do know for a fact that it is
impossible to unlock the screen no matter if I was using xlock or if the
screensaver locked the screen after a period of inactivite. It has been
verified on at least four different installations of 6.2 and 7.1.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Change the password to something beginning with a $ sign.
2. Lock the screen, either with xlock or wait for the screensaver to lock
3. Try forever to regain control of your screen and end up killing kdm to at
least be able to start over again.
Actual Results: Unability to unlock the screen.
Expected Results: Unlocking of screen.
Can't reproduce this using the password $m$sux and the normal KDE screen
If you can find a reproducable way of producing this error, please add this
I have encountered the problem on five different systems (6.2 and 7.1), in all
cases on the root account. The password in question was 8 characters long,
beginning with a $, followed by 6 lower case chars and ending with an exclamation
mark. Also, the problem is not present in Linux Mandrake, whatever that has got
to do with it...
Please verify this with a newer version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux or
Fedora Core and reopen it against the new version if it still occurs.
Closing as "CURRENTRELEASE" for now.