Bug#692821: gnome-shell: defines wrong pam service for gdm greeter

Josselin Mouette joss at debian.org
Mon Dec 3 23:12:35 UTC 2012

Le lundi 03 décembre 2012 à 00:35 +0100, Laurent Bigonville a écrit : 
> const PASSWORD_SERVICE_NAME = 'gdm-password';
> Changing this to "gdm3" fix this issue.

You might want to search for other instances of this string. I find it
flabbergasting that the PAM service is used in the UI rather than only
in the slave, but upstream works in mysterious ways…

> I'm wondering, why is gdm using different pam service name
> (gdm3 vs gdm-password) as the one that upstream is using? The gdm(2)
> package is using "gdm" as pam service name.

Historical reasons: file conflict with the gdm (2.x) package, then
quick-fixes to the spaghetti introduced by multi-stack (which I still
don’t see how we can usefully integrate in Debian).

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