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stf92 04-11-2013 07:32 PM

What is ConsoleKit for?
Could somebody tell me? From the README in /usr/doc:

What is ConsoleKit?

ConsoleKit is a framework for defining and tracking users, login
sessions, and seats.

What is a seat?

A seat is a collection of sessions and a set of hardware (usually at
least a keyboard and mouse).  Only one session may be active on a
seat at a time.

What is a session?

A session is a collection of all processes that originate from a single
common ancestor and retain knowledge of a secret.  As an implementation
detail, this secret may be stored in the process environment by the
login manager under the name XDG_SESSION_COOKIE.

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Discussion takes place on the HAL list.

Honestly, I have not the least idea what this README is speaking about.

frankbell 04-11-2013 09:00 PM

It appears to be a tool for managing and tracking users in an multi-user environment. Consider a workplace where there are a number of users sharing workstations and connecting to centralized services--that's what it for (think "console" = "workstation").

According to this, it's dead, or at least in a coma.

stf92 04-14-2013 04:43 AM

Thank you. I think it won't do any harm if I disable it, which is what I'll do.

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