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Old 04-05-2010, 09:03 PM   #1
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removing a cascade of increasing zoomed copies of the login screen


I don't even know how to search this one out. My grandson got a little free time on my login screen. When I got back I found the right half of the screen was covered with a cascade of zoomed copies of the regular login display. Each layer of the cascade larger that the previous as one moved right across the screen. When I reboot it is still there. I have tried various hotkey combinations in the hopes that I could change this, but with no result. I have looked for files which might have such a pattern saved. I found a file /usr/share/gnome-session/session-properties.ui with a promising name and inside was a series of 'child' entries, but removing all but the first child entry changed nothing. Where should I search? or better yet do you know what is going on, and how to fix it? Functionally I am not handicapped. I can still use the login, but the appearance annoys me, and not understanding what is going on also annoys me.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 01:31 AM   #2
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Is one over the other? Could it be an april fools joke where you are actually looking at a graphic?

Look at the /etc/inittab file and the results of `dsmesg'. Also log into a virtual terminal and see what processes are running. Perhaps something is being called recursively.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 04:39 PM   #3
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Not april fool

I left the login screen just for a moment, and my grandson had access. He loves to play with the keyboard with multiple keys down and sometimes held down if he sees an interesting visual effect. I could not find a file named 'inittab' using sudo find in the root folder. The system claimed it did not recognize the command 'dsmesg' with or without sudo.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 05:16 PM   #4
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I left the login screen just for a moment, and my grandson had access. He loves to play with the keyboard with multiple keys down and sometimes held down if he sees an interesting visual effect. I could not find a file named 'inittab' using sudo find in the root folder. The system claimed it did not recognize the command 'dsmesg' with or without sudo.
That should be dmesg.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 06:19 PM   #5
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I don't use Gnome (or gdm), but if the behaviour persists over reboots
it surely MUST be stored in some file; if you can pin-point the time
& date at which your grandson would have done the keyboard magic, maybe
you can use find to hunt the culprit down?


E.g.: the boy did the change roughly 27h and 10 minutes ago, with a
window of opportunity of 15 minutes ...
Code:
find / -type f -mmin +1630 -a -mmin -1645
Of course, I can't guarrantee that GDM doesn't store it's config file(s)
EVERY time it's (re-)invoked ... but then again - that should be easy
to find by looking at a) very recent modified time stamps & files that
belong to the package that holds gdm ...


Cheers,
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