Ticket #431 (closed defect: fixed)

Opened 15 years ago

Last modified 14 years ago

Karmic's gdm does not support custom commands, e.g. launching the kiosk browser

Reported by: rbasch Owned by:
Priority: normal Milestone: Karmic Deploy (Canceled)
Component: -- Keywords: karmic
Cc: Fixed in version:
Upstream bug:


The version of gdm in Karmic (2.28) does not seem to support defining custom commands. We currently use that feature (in 2.20) to define a command to launch the kiosk mode browser, so we will apparently have to rethink that, as well as our custom theme (#430).

Change History

comment:1 Changed 15 years ago by rbasch

We can use the autostart facility in the new gdm to add an application to the login window. For example, we could write a simple gtk application with a button that brings up a confirmation dialog, and have it launched in the login window by creating an appropriate .desktop file in /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/. (Screen shots of a proof-of-principle are in /mit/rbasch/Public/karmic-kiosk-button.png and karmic-kiosk-dialog.png).

For a bit more work, we could also write an applet with an icon in the login window tray area, that, say, pops up a menu of pre-login options when clicked.

comment:2 Changed 15 years ago by rbasch

  • Status changed from new to proposed

A first cut of a launcher GUI with the simple Browse button and confirmation dialog is in r24213 (debathena-kiosk 1.2), now in -proposed.

comment:3 Changed 14 years ago by broder

  • Status changed from proposed to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed

kiosk 1.2 was moved to production a while back, so this is fixed.

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