[CentOS-devel] logged in sessions - was CentOS 5 ArtWork

Jason_Meers Jason_Meers at mv-online.co.uk
Sun Jan 14 18:38:39 UTC 2007

Christoph Maser wrote:

> Actually the default logins (text mode and gdm) both show the hostname.
> Don't tell me you leave logged in sessions.

No not normally, only on a few specific machines on the LAN that are 
only accessible from another machine on the LAN.

1) Not all backup software has usable command line tools, so sometimes 
you have to connect the a GUI on a logged in session.

2) If you look at the way remote desktop(vino-server) and vnc work it is 
impossible to remote control the session if the machine is not already 
logged in (the session doesn't exist). Some dirty workarounds do exist 
i.e the machine uses gnome session, but vnc uses a kde session to avoid 
various conflicts.

I reported this to the vino developers in august last year:

Is it possible in any current or future releases of vino to connect to 
the machine while it is sat at the login screen?

I currently have to setup an auto-login with an unpriviledged user after 
a period of time from the login screen, or physically go to the computer 
to log-in then go back to my desk to remote control it.

Auto-logins as another user, or having to walk to the computer first to 
enable remote control would seem to be self-defeating

At the risk of going further off-topic I wont say anymore on this aspect.

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