[K12OSN] Generic Accounts?

Moon moon at smbis.com
Sun Oct 12 01:18:25 UTC 2008

Moon wrote:
> Moon wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Gerald Drouillard [mailto:gerrylist at drouillard.ca] 
>> Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 03:10 PM
>> To: Support list for open source software in schools.
>> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Generic Accounts?
>> Jamie Lists wrote:
>>> We're sprinkling LTSP clients all over a school in my district. I need
>>> to have a generic account for kids to use.
>>> The problem is if i make one account called student for instance. They
>>> all have the same home directory, which is bad.
>>> The only other way i can think of is to make 50 generic accounts and
>>> then tell the kids.. ok on this client you need to login as student38.
>>> Doesn't seem like such a great solution.
>>> Ideas?
>> Autologin based on mac address.  You can even have those accounts 
>> "reset" to a clean state on login.  Look at some of my previous postings 
>> on kiosk for the scripts and stuff.
>> Gerald, I too am interested in a more user (student) friendly login and
> easy
>> user admin solution for our school. However, I didn't see any kiosk info
>> listed when I did a search for: Gerald Drouillard kiosk, could it
>> be listed on some other website?
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Peter Scheie [mailto:peter at scheie.homedns.org] 
>> Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 07:44 PM
>> To: moon at smbis.com; Support list for open source software in schools.
>> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Generic Accounts?
>> You don't mention what version you're running, but for K12LTSP-EL5 see 
> _autologin_of_clients_using_Gnome_%26_GDM
>> Peter
> Peter, I don't know if you recall this entry you made on the LTSP wiki
> in 2006, but this same problem is what I am having right now. The patched
> gdm is now obsolete and the one that is currently installed has the same
> problem. Do you know if Andrew Ziem ever posted the actual source file
> and/or submitted it to the gnome team for inclusion?
> "The GDM that is shipped with Fedora Core 5 (used in K12LTSP version 5) is
> broken, such that all thin clients will display, on their login screens,
> "/usr/bin/autologin| will login in X seconds". When the timer gets to
> those clients that should autologin will do so, but those that should not
> will go black briefly and then the GDM greeter will restart with a bit of
> initial 'jump & wiggle'. This doesn't hurt anything but it's annoying to
> look at, and isn't the way it should work. Andrew Ziem provided a patched
> GDM in RPM format that fixes this problem. A How-To for setting up
> with this patch GDM is available on the K12LTSP wiki.
> -- PetreScheie - 22 Nov 2006"

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Scheie [mailto:peter at scheie.homedns.org] 
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2008 05:11 PM
To: moon at smbis.com; k12osn at redhat.com
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Generic Accounts?

I just looked at the wiki page with the intent of adding the steps mentioned
my previous message.  But it appears I already updated the wiki page for 
K12LTSP-EL5, complete with links to an already rebuilt gdm package that you
just drop in on your K12LTSP-EL5 system.  I have this running on a couple of
systems, and yum does not list any newer versions of gdm.  So, if the steps
the wiki page didn't work for you, I'm a bit confused and will need more
about the state of your system and what errors you're getting.


-----New Message-----

Peter thanks again for the feedback. You're right. I had to remove my head
(head-up-rectum syndrome) and run rpm update (rpm -hUv), not rpm install
(rpm -ivh) which was what I had done. It was late and I was tired, what else
can I say... 

Everything works now as it should. Thank you for the help here, I greatly
appreciate it.

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