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Re: How can I allow screensaver unlocking by root?



On 3/28/06, Wouter Lamee nc3a nato int <Wouter Lamee nc3a nato int> wrote:
> François, others
>
> "If it is someone else ask him" - that's too easy to say. What if there are 20 or 30 (or more) other people who can log in on that system? I'd have to remember all their passwords. Basically, I want to be able to get on the machine with my root password without killing X servers, existing logins, running apps, etc.
>
> Just like Solaris installations, where the root passwd can unlock any user's screen saver. If I am the root passwd owner, I want to be able to get on a machine without having to destroy parts of it.
>
> I checked on FC3, and there the root passwd can still unlock the screen saver. Is there some kind of setting to get this behaviour back? Or do I have to get the v4.18 from FC3 and put it where FC4's v4.21 resides - assuming it'll work?
>
> Any ideas, anybody?
>
> wlamee
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: fedora-list-bounces redhat com
> > [mailto:fedora-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of François Patte
> > Sent: 28 March 2006 15:30
> > To: For users of Fedora Core releases
> > Subject: Re: How can I allow screensaver unlocking by root?
> >
> >
> > Wouter Lamee nc3a nato int a écrit :
> > > Hey folks,
> > >
> > > Like the subject says: I have the standard screensaver in
> > FC4 (I think
> > > it's xlock), but the root passwd will not unlock it. How
> > can I enable
> > > root passwd unlocking on that screensaver?
> >
> > Don't understand too much your question....
> >
> > To unlock the xscreensavers it is sufficient to use the
> > password of the
> > owner of the x session. If you are this one, it is your
> > password. If it
> > is someone else ask him. If his not here or if your relations are bad,
> > kill the x session: Ctrl-Alt-Delete, you don't need to be
> > root for this.
> >
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> > UFR de mathématiques et informatique
> > Université Paris 5 - Paris
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Just tested locking the screen, then going to an alternate terminal
window and logigng in as root.  Then did the ps -ef command.  I found
a process called gnome-screensaver.  I killed that process and
returned to the GUI (Ctrl-Alt F7) and sure enough the screensaver was
gone and I could use the system again.

Jacques b.


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