GDM's settings bar inaccessible with keyboard

Bug #505323 reported by codekiln on 2010-01-09
This bug affects 8 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gdm (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-system-tools

Ubuntu 9.10
gnome-system-tools 2.28.1-0ubuntu2

The new gnome login screen has serious user interface problems that make it impossible to perform non-default login operations without a mouse such as restarting, shutting down, hibernating, or sleeping the computer, changing the session, or changing the language. The power menu is not accessible via tab rotation, and so without a mouse it is impossible to restart, sleep, or hibernate the computer. The login button doesn't have a mnemonic, so if you use a mnemonic to select the session or language after entering username and password, it's impossible to actually login with the changed session information.

Confirmed for the power menu part. But you can choose language (Alt+L) and log in right after, just type the password and hit Return.

summary: - karmic gnome login requires mouse
+ Can't access GDM's power menu with keyboard
affects: gnome-system-tools (Ubuntu) → gdm (Ubuntu)
Changed in gdm (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Per Ångström (autark) wrote :

See also: bug #496999.

Milan Bouchet-Valat (nalimilan) wrote :

Hmm, why exactly did you file a duplicate report?

Per Ångström (autark) wrote :

I can no longer get any keyboard shortcut to work in gdm, not even ALT+L for language selection.

Per Ångström (autark) wrote :

My observation above, comment #4, concerns the latest Lucid Lynx update.

Per Ångström (autark) wrote :

@Milan Bouchet-Valat:
In my opinion this is not a duplicate of bug #496999; this one is broader in scope.

tags: added: karmic lucid
Milan Bouchet-Valat (nalimilan) wrote :

Could you explain why? To me, the whole problem is that tabbing through widgets in the GDM greeter is not working currently. "Power" menu is just a special case of this.

Per Ångström (autark) on 2010-03-10
tags: added: a11y
Per Ångström (autark) wrote :

Milan Bouchet-Valat wrote:
>Could you explain why? ...

It depends on whether you look at the bug summary or the bug description. The bug summary currently only mentions the Power menu, but the description is broader in scope.

summary: - Can't access GDM's power menu with keyboard
+ GDM's settings bar inaccessible with keyboard
Per Ångström (autark) wrote :

No apparent improvement in Ubuntu 10.10 RC1.

tags: added: maverick
Greg A (etulfetulf) on 2011-01-17
tags: added: regression-release

It seems that in the latest version (natty) you cannot use tab to select the language selection or the login options (useful if you nuke your xconfig file, have limited graphics support and your mouse doesn't seem to be working otherwise you can't login because unity is set to default and won't run). If however you hit Alt + F6 it will take focus away from the top panel and give it to the bottom panel allowing you to tab between the options, hit the key combo again and your back on the top panel. Not sure if this is a feature or will solve your issue.

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