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Re: fedora-list Digest, Vol 56, Issue 87

On Sunday 12 October 2008 17:33, Steve Friis wrote:
In older versions of Fedora, there is a GDM tool that lets you set up so
that when the computer starts and gets to the log on screen it
automatically chooses the user, puts in the password and then runs.

The problem is, GDM-setup no longer is there. Was this replaced with
something else? Was this left off of Fedora 9 for a reason?

I need this function as our AC power here isn't always the best.
Sometimes we loose power and this always happens at the most inopportune
moments. It happens typically once per month. I have the PC set up so it
restarts when power is restored. But, now the PC isn't able to log in
automatically. I need this function because I run a program (xastir)
that connects via a radio and TNC (terminal node controller) for amateur
radio operators so that they can be tracked using APRS on the internet.
My station is one of several thousand others throughout the world that
ports the licensed user to the internet. The program requires that I be
logged on and it be running to function.

If there is no workaround for version 9, what are the chances this will
be restored in version 10?

To see what I am talking about, you can go to www.findu.com and enter my
call WM5Z-1 or to see the weather use WM5Z-15.

Steve Friis
Amateur Call WM5Z
APRS WM5Z-1 Las Cruces Igate | APRS WM5Z-2 Home | APRS WM5Z-3 RV | APRS
WM5Z-15 Weather

Hi Steve. Perhaps this will resolve your problem, and have just tried it on F9, and it autologs me in to KDE (I didn't think it would work by the way)

Su to root, and open a text editor (gedit, kwrite, whatever), and navigate to /etc/gdm/custom.conf, and add the following lines to the file.

# Automatic login, if true the first local screen will automatically logged
# in as user as set with AutomaticLogin key

Obviously change my username (djmons) to yours.

I surprise myself sometimes, when trying something that I don't expect to work, and it does.


OK, It worked on my laptop. Now to go try it on my server. Thanks. This was a great help.


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