[LightDM] Hard dependency on AccountsService

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Thu Aug 18 07:50:39 CEST 2011

On jeu., 2011-08-18 at 11:14 +1000, Robert Ancell wrote:
> Currently LightDM supports both legacy password/preferences (pwd.h and
> .dmrc) and AccountsService
> (http://cgit.freedesktop.org/accountsservice/).  AccountsService is a
> relatively new D-Bus service that was started in January 2010 that
> wraps up user information into a D-Bus service and abstracts away
> account manipulation.
> I think AccountsService is a really great piece of software and I'd
> like to see it widely adopted and LightDM have a hard dependency on
> it.  The question is:  if you are a consumer or potential consumer of
> LightDM is this an issue?
> Specifically:
> GNOME - developed from GNOME, so not a blocker
> KDE - ?
> Oracle - ?
> LXDE - ?
> XFCE - ?
> Elementary - ?
> Other - ? 

Keeping the whole quote and adding Xfce on CC:, I don't think they read
the lightdm list.

I don't know much about accountservice. I'm not completely against some
way to share the burdain and prevent code duplication, but I kind of
wonder if it's not over-engineering something. dmrc seems to work fine
and could have been a standard (at least an unofficial one) simple
enough to be tuned with a text editor, so support for various desktops
is already done.

Now I'm not exactly sure how desktops are supposed to manage stuff in
accountservices maybe it simple enough, but in Xfce cases at least there
are some manpower issues meaning that support might lag a bit (or not be
done at all). Not sure how bad it is and if there are other way to tune
account informations.

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