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

Thus wrote Geert Hendrickx (

> On Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 06:34:41PM +0000, S.P.Zeidler wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > (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?

Alas, no; xdm has no use_pam flag, although it might with a little bit of
work. It's a pure compile option at present.
(See xsrc/external/mit/xdm/dist/greeter/greet.c mostly)

The rationale for the behaviour is that with PAM you may get a different
password prompt, eg for your SSH passphrase or your Kerberos passwd, and
PAM itself might not know what options to offer you until you give it your

-- (S.P.Zeidler)

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