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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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