User list rather than dropdown

Asked by Tom Slominski on 2014-01-18

Hi.

Is it possible to configure the GTK+ greeter so that a list of user accounts is displayed, rather than a dropdown? I'm using lightdm-gtk 1.6.1 on Fedora 20.

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Simon Steinbeiß
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Padfoot (padfoot) said : #1

The greeter UI is compiled into the binary. It can be changed with a patch and re-building. Beware though, it's not as simple as just patching the UI file. You may need to patch the greeter code itself to take into account possible different gtk widgets and signals etc.

Cheers.

Tom Slominski (tomslominski) said : #2

Would it be viable to submit this as a feature request?

Tom Slominski (tomslominski) said : #3

Also, thanks. I forgot to add that, how rude of me.

Simon Steinbeiß (ochosi) said : #4

Well there's a practical reason we switched to a combobox, and that is if you have many users, the list-widget could exceed your screen-size, and then you'd have to scroll.

Why would you want/need it?

Tom Slominski (tomslominski) said : #5

Hi, thanks for your reply.

For not as advanced users like my parents, a simple list with all users
visible at a time is far easier to understand than a dropdown. My mum
particularly was distressed about her name only being visible on the
screen. I doubt there is any one solution that is perfect for all use cases.

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Best Simon Steinbeiß (ochosi) said : #6

In the upcoming Xubuntu release, the name of the currently selected user is bigger, as is the arrow of the combobox. I hope this will help users see the important bit of the greeter immediately.

I hope your mother will get used to this or understand the combobox after you've shown/explained it to her. I'm not sure what else we can do about this...

Tom Slominski (tomslominski) said : #7

Thanks Simon Steinbeiß, that solved my question.