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Re: Behaviour change in Xorg's xdm between 5.99.5 and 5.99.7

On Mon, 9 Feb 2009, Geert Hendrickx wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 06:34:41PM +0000, S.P.Zeidler wrote:
> > (Paul Goyette) writes:
> >
> > >I just installed 5.99.7 (including Xorg) built from yesterday's sources,
> > >and noticed something a little odd:
> >
> > >The xdm login widget displays ONLY the "Login:" field, until after an
> > >entry is made in that field and the Enter/Return key is pressed.  Only
> > >after pressing Enter is the "Password:" field displayed.  On my other
> > >5.99.5 systems buit from 2008-12-13 sources, both fields are displayed
> > >right from the beginning.
> >
> > Try compiling xdm with USE_PAM=NO, it'll probably revert to the old
> > behaviour.
> Can this be changed in configuration, too?

looking at the code I can't quite work out what its doing, but I don't see
any configuration options that might control that.

I think the rationale is that PAM is responsible for authentication, and
that might want a 'password' or it might want something else entirely, so
xdm doesn't make any assumptions about what to display.


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