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Ultimate Geek


# 115508 28-Mar-2013 07:47
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Hi there,

I have installed and set-up Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit edition.

Question One:

I did not enable automatic log in when I set up my account but wish to enable this feature now.

Having gone a Google search, it seems that enabling the option after creating the account is a complex matter and that an option (when unlocking a user account) that should appear does not (I believe at this stage it is a bug). [http://askubuntu.com/questions/210823/how-do-iset-automatic-login-in-ubuntu-12-10]

I referred to this webpage: http://www.liberiangeek.net/2012/10/enable-auto-login-in-ubuntu-12-10-quantal-quetzal/ and followed the instructions. Upon rebooting however no automatic log in occurs. How does one go about achieving the goal? I'm wishing to keep a password, which brings me to my next question.

Question Two:
How would I make Ubuntu immediately lock the screen (otherwise done by pressing Ctrl, Alt and L) when my log in occurs? I assume some type of script would need to be written, and started as a service immediately upon log in.

The machine that has Ubuntu installed is controlled by me via my Windows 8 laptop using TightVNC - something that I have successfully set-up on both machines and works without issue. It is only in the instances where the Ubuntu desktop may restart, that I cannot control it via TightVNC if a user is not already signed in. Otherwise, it is a case of disconnecting the monitor to our other desktop (running Windows 8), and connecting it to the Ubuntu machine.

Many thanks for any assistance anyone is able to provide to either question.

Regards,
Stevie

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Ultimate Geek


  # 788787 28-Mar-2013 16:44
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Those instructions for auto login are correct so I'm not really sure where it went wrong for you.
I'm not sure of the name of the package that locks the screen in Ubuntu, but I use Xtrlock, its super light weight and you can still see your desktop running, you just can't click on anything because its locked.

To make the desktop lock screen after an auto login you could try something like:

Open a terminal

sudo apt-get install xtrlock

mkdir scripts
cd scripts
nano lock

copy the following into the terminal:

#!/bin/bash
sleep 5
xtrlock

then Ctrl+o and Ctrl +x to save.

You then need to make it executable:

chmod +x lock

Click on the HUD and look for Startup and add the 'lock' file to your start up.

You can adjust the 'sleep' time to whatever suits your set up, 5 should work fine.




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Ultimate Geek


  # 806576 28-Apr-2013 07:44
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valtam: Those instructions for auto login are correct so I'm not really sure where it went wrong for you.


Hmm, strange. Still won't work, even after the upgrade of Ubuntu. I wonder if there are any other ways?
(As far as I'm aware, the disappearance of enabling auto-login was considered a bug in version 12.10.)

valtam: I'm not sure of the name of the package that locks the screen in Ubuntu, but I use Xtrlock, its super light weight and you can still see your desktop running, you just can't click on anything because its locked.

To make the desktop lock screen after an auto login you could try something like:

Open a terminal

sudo apt-get install xtrlock

mkdir scripts
cd scripts
nano lock

copy the following into the terminal:

#!/bin/bash
sleep 5
xtrlock

then Ctrl+o and Ctrl +x to save.

You then need to make it executable:

chmod +x lock

Click on the HUD and look for Startup and add the 'lock' file to your start up.

You can adjust the 'sleep' time to whatever suits your set up, 5 should work fine.


Created the above 'script', and made it executable. However, even upon manual log in it won't then lock.

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