Text "authentication failure" too vague

Bug #486086 reported by Josh Holland on 2009-11-20
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gdm (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gdm

The term "authentication failure" is not a particularly user-friendly message for when the user has entered an incorrect password, and provides no real extra information that the user might want to know. It doesn't specify exactly what went wrong, or what could be done about it.

It would be a very small matter to change the string to "password incorrect" or something similar.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Fri Nov 20 22:53:51 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
Package: gdm 2.28.1-0ubuntu2
 PATH=(custom, user)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-15.50-generic
SourcePackage: gdm
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-15-generic i686
 (gnome-settings-daemon:2232): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_propagate_error: assertion `src != NULL' failed
 (polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1:2267): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_once_init_leave: assertion `initialization_value != 0' failed
 (nautilus:2266): Eel-CRITICAL **: eel_preferences_get_boolean: assertion `preferences_is_initialized ()' failed
 (empathy:2281): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_window_thaw_toplevel_updates_libgtk_only: assertion `private->update_and_descendants_freeze_count > 0' failed
 (gnome-power-manager:2272): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_window_thaw_toplevel_updates_libgtk_only: assertion `private->update_and_descendants_freeze_count > 0' failed

Josh Holland (jshholland) wrote :
Josh Holland (jshholland) wrote :

Title and description changed after discussion in #ubuntu-uk

summary: - Text "authentication failure" overly geeky
+ Text "authentication failure" too vague
description: updated
Changed in gdm (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Vish (vish) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This particular bug has already been reported and is a duplicate of bug 411559, so it is being marked as such. Please look at the other bug report to see if there is any missing information that you can provide, or to see if there is a workaround for the bug. Additionally, any further discussion regarding the bug should occur in the other report. Please continue to report any other bugs you may find.

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