Bug 963006 - Gnome login problem: Password field beeps on every keystroke; repeated keystrokes eventually register character
Gnome login problem: Password field beeps on every keystroke; repeated keystr...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-session (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
unspecified Severity high
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-05-14 19:56 EDT by Ivor Durham
Modified: 2013-08-01 06:38 EDT (History)
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Description Ivor Durham 2013-05-14 19:56:51 EDT
Description of problem:

After clicking on a user name in the login dialog box, I am unable to enter a password normally. Each key press, including CTRL and SHIFT on their own, results in a beep instead of registering the character. I found that I can strike a key multiple times and after 2-5 attempts the character registers. After I have completed the password I can login by clicking the button with the mouse.

I suspect a race condition since the character can register after multiple strikes, but I don't know enough to know who the potential culprits might be.

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How reproducible:

At this point I don't know how to go from a working system to one with the problem. I had been using the system remotely from my laptop without having to go to the keyboard for several weeks. In that time a number of "yum updates" had been done so I was unable to isolate the exact time the problem was introduced. No manual configuration changes had been made since the last normal login.

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Actual results:

Beep on virtually all key presses. Repeated key presses eventually get the character through and shows the corresponding bullet.

Expected results:

Each key press should result in a masking bullet.

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Comment 1 Ivor Durham 2013-06-08 01:27:36 EDT
Looks like this was first reported against FC15 as Bug 803907 which was closed/wontfix because FC15 was at end-of-life. However, the problem remains and I don't know what else to do to provide more useful debugging information. Would a list of processes obtained via a remote connection while the login screen is on the display help? While this is not debilitating, it is certainly very frustrating, especially given that it is likely a problem with a configuration file somewhere.
Comment 2 Ivor Durham 2013-06-30 17:16:03 EDT
I've discovered that if I use im-chooser to select "No input method" versus "Use IBus (Recommended)" this problem goes away. i.e. I can type my password into the Gnome login screen and each character is accepted normally. Note: When I had "Use IBus" selected, the problem only occurred on the Gnome login screen, but not on the screensaver password input.
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