is not evaluated by gnome-terminal

Bug #1762391 reported by mtemp on 2018-04-09
This bug affects 53 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

We are using Ubuntu in a university network with lots of ldap users. To automatically map ldap users/groups to local groups we are using This has worked for years.

With the upgrade from Xenial to Bionic /etc/security/group.conf is not evaluated anymore by gnome-terminal as it runs as systemd --user. Xterm, ssh, su, and tty* however do work as expected. Only the default gnome-terminal behaves different.

According to and this might not be a bug, but a feature.

Nevertheless this behavior is very unexpected when upgrading from Xenial to Bionic and therefore should at least added to the changelog.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.04
Package: gnome-terminal 3.28.0-1ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.15.0-10.11-generic 4.15.3
Uname: Linux 4.15.0-10-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_modeset nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.20.9-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Mon Apr 9 13:17:52 2018
InstallationDate: Installed on 2018-03-29 (11 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" - Alpha amd64 (20180321)
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

mtemp (mtemp) wrote :
Chadarius (csutton-chadarius) wrote :

I am also using this feature and all previous versions of Ubuntu worked fine with this configuration. However with Bionic the GDM logins no longer add these local groups. Only no graphical logins like su, sudo, ssh, etc... add the appropriate local groups as per the /etc/security/group.conf.

This is a very important feature for us to be able to use Ubuntu with LDAP authentication in our computer labs for students and professors.

Chadarius (csutton-chadarius) wrote :

There is also a Gnome bug for this at

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-terminal (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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