Re: GUI login screen.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kent West" <email@example.com>
To: "debian-user" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 23:08
Subject: Re: GUI login screen.
> Hoyt Bailey wrote:
> >There are a few things I dont understand about Debians login screen.
> >1. Root cannot log in on this screen. Why?
> Security issues.
At the expense of being a stupid newbie, what security issues RH and Caldera
both have root on their login screen. Has the rash of virisus caused a
reconsideration of this. Not being disposed in this direction or capable of
exploting any security hole I dont understand the problem.
> >2. The sessions secect drop down menu has: Gnome, Gnome chooser, Debian,
> >KDE, Xsession, Failsafe Gnome, Failsafe KDE. When you leave Gnome or KDE
> >pressing the logout button you are told that you can logout, change
> >or shutdown. Well I cant figure out how to shutdown other than login as
> >and start a terminal su, enter password, and issue the shutdown command.
> >This is too much Cntl-alt-del would be simpler assuming I wanted to go to
> >Windows, But how do you to go to shutdown -h now?
> As a normal user, you don't have permission to shut down. You have to
> reconfigure whatever session manager you're using (kdm, gdm, wdm, xdm)
> and edit the appropriate config file to allow normal users (or at least
> you) to shut down. Figure out which session manager you're using and let
> us know ("ps ax | grep [d]m" should give you a good clue), and then we
> can probably be more specific as to what needs to be changed in what file.
On a network I can understand why a normal used cannot shutdown the system,
but a single user should be able to shutdown, reboot, etc, without becoming
root. This shouldnt be a big problem. The output of ps ax | grep [d]m
(some day I'll understand that grep command):
380 ? S /usr/bin/gdm
391 ? S /usr/bin/gdm
392 ? S /usr/bin/X11/X:0 -deferglyphs 16 -nolisten tcp vt7 -auth
?shouldnt there be only 1 (either 380 or 391) and what does 392 mean.