Re: [LAU] Autologin to locked desktop was: Re: LightWorks for Linux Demo

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To: drew Roberts <zotz@...>
Cc: LAU <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 4:48 pm

On Mon, March 18, 2013 7:37 am, drew Roberts wrote:

> Perhaps what would be nice for some is to autologin a particular user

Warning!! This will require hand editing a file... suggest vi or emacs ;)

All kidding aside, for xfce (Xubuntu or UbuntuStudio where this seems to
have started) lets do it the gui way :) The settings manager has a
selection in the system area called "Session and Startup". This has a
dialog that pops up so choose the "Application Autostart" tab. There is an
"Add" button at the bottom, it pops up a small dialog...

Name: set to "Start Session Locked".

Description: "Start Session Locked" (I figure it is self explanatory, but
feel free to give a better description).

Command: xscreensaver-command -lock

Submit that... Ok that took about as much time to figure out as it took to
type it all in. Let me test it now :)

xscreensaver-command runs too soon and I get:
xscreensaver-command: no screensaver is running on display :0.0
in ~/.xsession-errors

Ok, try:
sleep 5; xscreensave-command -lock

It seems that whatever is running the command line does not know what ;
means :P

What does work:
bash -c "sleep 2s ; xscreensaver-command -lock;"

And yes, even with 2 seconds delay, at least on my machine, the
workstation is locked before the ui is fully up... that is, no menu is yet

Yes this is probably more than non-CLI literate users can figure out on
their own.

c-a-f* still works, but the VTs require a password anyway.

No I will not be adding this option to UbuntuStudio or suggesting it to
the Xubuntu team. (feel free to do so yourself) The only advantage to this
I can see is a shorter time from password to use. Could be a pain on
machines with more than one user.

Len Ovens

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