Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 604997
Cannot completely disable the userlist in gdm
Last modified: 2015-01-14 18:25:40 EST
Description of problem:
The new gdm in RHEL6 beta is designed to display a list of users to pick from. As we have thousands in LDAP and hundreds may use our more public computers, this makes little sense, and we want to disable it. A gconf setting will disable the list, but not the selection of "Other" at its bottom.
Worse yet, should one for example mistype ones password, on the next try gdm will omit even asking for a username. The only option then displayed is a box saying "Other", with no supporting context.
We much miss the functionality of just clearly and simply asking for username and password, like any other login manager we've ever used would.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. install gdm
2. gconftool-2 --direct --config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults --type bool --set /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list true
3. start gdm
Gdm correctly omits showing the user list, but regardless it shows a seemingly disconnected selectable item of "Other" that makes no sense in the context displayed. At this point it still at least asks for Username.
Now press enter twice to give empty information to the Username and the following Password prompt. The login should fail, and gdm should reset for the next try. Now it will not even ask for a Username unless you click on the inexplicable "Other" first.
gdm clearly asks for the username and password.
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I've tested that this works as expected in recent upstream versions and we'll get the fix in a build soon.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 606808 ***