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10.3: Use a more secure screen lock alternative
Authored by: urpaign on Nov 05, '03 01:54:28PM

Does anyone know how to disable the listing of names in the Fast User Switching menu to just get the Login Window item by itself, or some other shortcut to get the FUS login without going to this menu? The menu takes around 15 seconds to display because of the huge number of (work) accounts that have access to this machine. So much for *fast* switching. :-)

(No, the "Display Login Window as: Name and password" checkbox has no effect on this menu.)



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10.3: Use a more secure screen lock alternative
Authored by: okai on Nov 05, '03 05:16:16PM

IIRC UIDs below 500 don't show in loginwindow user list. So, my best guess is changing UIDs of all users at your place below 500 might work. Possibly that will poof users listing from Fast User Switching menu, too.

FWIW, Mike Bombich of Carbon Copy Cloner fame released a
loginwindow option tweaking utility called "LoginWindow Manager" that's now at version 1.0.1.

http://www.bombich.com/software/lwm.html

HTH



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10.3: Use a more secure screen lock alternative
Authored by: Air Mapster on Nov 06, '03 06:34:05PM

Yep, users with uids under 500 do not show up in the FUS menu. It's kind of a pain for me, though. My uid is 405 to maintain compatibility with other older systems on my network. I'm used to not showing up in the loginwindow -- that's no problem. Just down-arrow, option-enter and I get a standard name/password login box. And loginwindow correctly handles a case where a sub-500 uid is currently logged in - then it shows that user. But the Fast User Switching menu never shows uids under 500, even when they are logged in.

It's annoying because then my Fast User Switching becomes:
1. Click FUS menu, select Login Window...
2. Watch the login window spin around
3. Click on my name, which IS listed here because I'm logged in
4. Type in my password
5. Watch my desktop spin around

If the FUS menu were consistent with loginwindow behavior, then I could skip steps 2 and 3 like everyone else, except for the first time I login.

Even aside from my little rant, I wish Apple would just give us a couple of account flags that can be easily set by an administrator in the Accounts preference pane. Account shows up in loginwindow (true/false) and account shows up in FUS menu when not already logged in (true/false). Then these settings could be managed independently of uid value. I think I'll go suggest that in their feedback, but I don't expect anyone at Apple to actually care. :)



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10.3: Use a more secure screen lock alternative
Authored by: urpaign on Nov 07, '03 02:41:04PM

Looks like it is possible to switch without this menu after all. See this hint for details.



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