On Tue, 2008-04-29 at 11:25 -0400, Christopher L Tubbs II wrote:
Rodd Clarkson wrote:
>> Perhaps the simplest idea, though, is to have gnome-about-me ask the
>> user if they'd like to modify home directory permissions to show face on
>> desktop, so at least, there's no surprises.
> I'm just curious. Where would you store them (other than the home
> directory) that would remain during updates.
Well, the images are already stored in the pixmaps directory, so you
just need to store the path (if another path is specified that the
greeter doesn't have permissions for, that's up to the user to make sure
the permissions are correct). The path could be stored in an /etc/passwd
type file (/etc/faces?), with a similar utility to allow each user to
modify his/her own line (gnome-about-me could be modified to do it, but
I'm not sure what this would involve).
An alternative approach that would not allow users to modify their own
image is to make the utility that edits the /etc/faces file be
system-config-users. If that was the case, the utility could also have a
checkbox "include in greeter list", along with input box for image path.
Personally, I think the decision to have a username in the list is an
administrator one, and the decision for the image is a user one.
But when I (like many) upgrade from one version of fedora to the next,
the /home partition is the only thing that is preserved.
The rest of the file system is replaced with a new one (often including
a format). So /etc isn't going to still contain this images.
I suspect most users (and sysadmins, don't want to have to replace the
images each time the upgrade and having them in /home is a good place to
preserve them across installs.
"It's a fine line between denial and faith.
It's much better on my side"