Forced user creation (was Re: Call for Bikeshedding: remote auth at install time)

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Tue Jun 4 15:42:04 UTC 2013

On Tue, 2013-06-04 at 08:43 -0400, Simo Sorce wrote:
> On Mon, 2013-06-03 at 18:07 -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:
> > We all know what devel@ does best, so let's fire up the power of the
> > bikeshedding machine :)
> > 
> > We had on the list of
> > release blocker candidates that we evaluated at the blocker review
> > meeting this morning. Attendance at blocker reviews is pretty spotty
> > these days (please, people, come out and feel in a position of ABSOLUTE
> > POWER), and no-one present felt like they were a huge expert on typical
> > remote authentication use cases, so we really didn't feel qualified to
> > make a call on this one.
> > 
> > As things stand, in Fedora 19, it's basically impossible to configure
> > remote authentication from the install/firstboot process. If you want to
> > use remote auth, you'd have to create a local user first and then do it
> > using whatever tools are available. anaconda / initial-setup has a
> > button for "Use network login..." on its 'user creation' spoke which
> > ought to be where you configure remote auth, but right now it does
> > precisely nothing at all.
> > 
> > Whether this is a blocker or not comes down to a judgement call, because
> > it hinges on whether this is a significant inconvenience for a large
> > enough number of users. So we need to know from people who use Fedora in
> > remote auth environments whether it's a big problem not to be able to
> > set it up at install / firstboot time, or whether you'd be okay with
> > creating a local user to get through initial-setup and then configuring
> > remote auth from that local account.
> Can we get back an option to not create a user at first boot ?

Can we please not derail the discussion?

But, at present, only g-i-s does this, and that's up to upstream GNOME.
anaconda and i-s do not (and will not) require user creation. i-s will
be amended to warn if you don't create an account (like firstboot did),
but it will let you go ahead if you acknowledge the warning (like
firstboot did).
Adam Williamson
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