[K12OSN] Managing identical logins...

David Trask dtrask at vcs.u52.k12.me.us
Tue Feb 1 14:58:07 UTC 2005

Here's where the problem lies....you are trying to make a multi-user
environment into a single-user environment.  Unlike your probable current
situation....the users data is saved locally on the hard drive.  Thus you
can use the same login for everyone as they physically are on different
machines.  In an LTSP situation....they are all on the same machine...and
under your proposal...the same account.  Each time certain programs load
and execute there are certain things that get written to the user's
"profile" in the home directory.  There are a multitude of hidden files
such as .gnome, .kde, .mozilla....etc.  While Mozilla and OO will be the
biggies, there are many other programs that will also cause issues.  When
one student makes a change it writes to the home directory....if you have
multiple logins to the same home directory...imagine the collisions.  Some
where here on the list or in the wiki is a method for "auto-login" of
workstations.  Thus you could have each workstation log in automatically
to its own account.....create a location (common) as a drop box for
storing files....and that way have your cake and eat it too.

robowens at myway.com on Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 6:28 AM +0000 wrote:
>You mentioned that the problem w/ multiple identical logins is with
>Mozilla and OpenOffice.  Are any other programs a problem?  Maybe you
>should get on a list for those 2 programs and see if there is any way
>around it.  Maybe it's possible to compile those programs with certain
>features removed, causing them to not complain about multiple identical
>logins, who knows.
> --- On Tue 02/01, Tom Lisjac < netdxr at gmail.com > wrote:
>From: Tom Lisjac [mailto: netdxr at gmail.com]
>To: k12osn at redhat.com
>Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 23:05:24 -0700
>Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Managing identical logins...
>Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions... they are very much
>appreciated!<br><br>I wish I had more flexibility to change the existing
>procedures... but<br>we sold the LTSP approach on the basis that we'd
>make the login<br>process work just like our standalone Linux and Windows
>boxes already<br>do.  The requirement is that all 16 terminals login as
>the same domain<br>user and that user will get access to it's share (and
>only it's share)<br>on the existing Windows network.<br><br>I'm intent on
>finding a solution, up to hacking gdmlogin or winbind if<br>all else
>fails. Getting this to work would be a big win and make Linux<br>a viable
>alternative to the other libraries in our district... and<br>maybe even a
>few classrooms! :)<br><br>If I come up with a workable solution, I'll
>post it here.<br><br>Thanks again and best
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David N. Trask
Technology Teacher/Coordinator
Vassalboro Community School
dtrask at vcs.u52.k12.me.us

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