User list search box should be disabled when user list is disabled.

Bug #463026 reported by Joel Ebel on 2009-10-29
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gdm (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gdm

If the gdm user list (face browser) is enabled, then beginning to type a username locates the appropriate entry in the user list. If the user list is disabled, this search box serves no purpose and should be disabled. Since users are accustomed to typing their username at a login screen, the fact that this search box appears is confusing, leading them to believe that they are entering their username which is not true. If they continue to press enter and begin typing their password, which is a rather standard and reflexive behavior, then their password winds up appearing in plain text on the screen. The combination of this useless search box with the requirement of clicking a Log In button leads to a very confusing environment for users who disable the face browser. In an enterprise environment, this is a serious problem.

Joel Ebel (jbebel) wrote :

The Log In button which is related to this problem is filed as bug 463026

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. The issue is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug the to the people writting the software (

Changed in gdm (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Low
Joel Ebel (jbebel) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for sending the bug to GNOME

Changed in gdm (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Joel Ebel (jbebel) on 2010-02-26
tags: added: glucid
Joel Ebel (jbebel) wrote :

It looks like this bug has gone away. I don't know if it's fixed by upstream, but my bug report never got attention.

Changed in gdm:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → New
Changed in gdm:
status: New → Expired
Changed in gdm (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Invalid
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