Ross Vandegrift | 18 Aug 23:24 2002

Central configuration management

Hello,

	How do people maintain system-wide configuration for users?  For
example, if I install a new application onto my system ,what's the
easiest way to add it to *all* users' menus?  How about defining
application handlers for all users?

Thanks,

Ross Vandegrift
ross <at> willow.seitz.com
Stuart D. Gathman | 18 Aug 23:32 2002

Multi-User Sound problems

The latest esound updates from Ximian for RedHat 7.2 have broken
multi-user sound.  I run LTSP terminals running esd, plus the console.

Normally, logging in from LTSP causes wave audio to be directed to the esd
server on the thin client.  Logging in on the console causes esd to be
loaded for that user, and logging off causes esd to shut down again.

Now, logging in from LTSP causes esd to load on the server - grabbing the
audio if it has permissions!  This is rather wierd, having audio result
from actions at the other side of the room.  Furthermore, esd no longer
shuts down at logout.  If no LTSP terminals are used, but two different
logins are used on the console, the first login still owns the audio.  For
the second login to use audio, I must first kill esd and chown /dev/dsp,
/dev/mixer, etc., then load esd for the new user.

Does anyone know what is going on?  And what version this was broken on,
so I can go back?  That is a drawback to depending on 3rd parties to tell
me what needs upgrading . . .

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Stuart D. Gathman | 18 Aug 23:55 2002

Re: Multi-User Sound problems

On Sun, 18 Aug 2002, Stuart D. Gathman wrote:

> Now, logging in from LTSP causes esd to load on the server - grabbing the
> audio if it has permissions!  This is rather wierd, having audio result

I should also mention that manually setting ESPEAKER has no effect.
I tried upgrading the version of esd running on the LTSP client to be
the same version as the server, but that had no effect either.
Running "esdctl -s 192.168.1.2:16001" (where esd is running on an LTSP
client) results in a memory fault.

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			Stuart D. Gathman <stuart <at> bmsi.com>
      Business Management Systems Inc.  Phone: 703 591-0911 Fax: 703 591-6154
	"[Microsoft] products are even less buggy than others, in terms of
	    per capita usage." - Steve Balmer, Microsoft Corporation
Stuart D. Gathman | 19 Aug 00:04 2002

Multiple sessions

When there are multiple workstations attached to a server, it is easy to
forget that you are already logged on at another screen.  When logging on
to Gnome while already logged in elsewhere, the only indication of this
situation is the dialog saying "You did not log off properly: cleanup or restore
session?" (or words to that effect).  However, there is no option to abort
the logon.

I have tried continuing to use both sessions at once with an inocuous account
(for my 4 year old), and nothing bad seemed to happen other than the 
start-up dialog.  But I get the feeling that the Gnome designers haven't
thought this scenario through very thoroughly.  I worry that configurations
may get corrupted.

If multiple simultaneous use of a login from several terminals is not
supported, then there should be a locking mechanism giving the second 
login the option of automatically logging out the first workstation, or
aborting the second login.

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			Stuart D. Gathman <stuart <at> bmsi.com>
      Business Management Systems Inc.  Phone: 703 591-0911 Fax: 703 591-6154
	"[Microsoft] products are even less buggy than others, in terms of
	    per capita usage." - Steve Balmer, Microsoft Corporation

Gmane