“Are you sure you want to proceed?” message at login

Bug #1714442 reported by Matpen on 2017-09-01
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
lightdm (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Right after logging in to the Ubuntu desktop environment, a message like the one in the attached screenshot appears. I researched the cause and found several links (see [1] and [2] below) pointing to the cause: a command in either .bashrc, .profile or /etc/profile.d outputs to stdout. The solution is then to silence the command by redirecting its output.

However, this bug report is about the "unhelpfulness" of the popup message. As you can see, the window has no border, and at that stage, the system is not fully logged in yet, so there is no way to interact with it. Moreover, the message reads "are you sure you want to proceed?" but the only possible answer is "OK".

That leaves the user with no clue about how to fix the annoying message, that will appear at every login. I think it should be improved by providing pointers to the problem cause.

Note that this bug was reported in [3] already, but since it was filed against the wrong package, it was marked as invalid. Therefore it still persist in 16.04, although being found at least in 14.04.

Additional info:
1) OS: Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
2) lightdm: 1.18.3-0ubuntu1.1

Reference links:
[1] https://askubuntu.com/questions/587868/are-you-sure-you-want-to-proceed-message-on-login
[2] https://askubuntu.com/questions/603328/are-you-sure-you-want-to-proceed-on-login
[3] https://bugs.launchpad.net/fuel/+bug/1428341

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
Package: lightdm 1.18.3-0ubuntu1.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-93.116-generic 4.4.79
Uname: Linux 4.4.0-93-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.10
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Fri Sep 1 10:07:59 2017
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-12-02 (638 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" - Release amd64 (20151021)
 Error: command ['journalctl', '-b', '--priority=warning', '--lines=1000'] failed with exit code 1: Hint: You are currently not seeing messages from other users and the system.
       Users in the 'systemd-journal' group can see all messages. Pass -q to
       turn off this notice.
 No journal files were opened due to insufficient permissions.
SourcePackage: lightdm
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to xenial on 2016-06-05 (452 days ago)

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