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Old 05-03-2005, 11:33 AM   #1
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xscreensaver won't recognise password

I'm running Slackware 10.1 and Dropline Gnome, xscreensaver version 4.19.

I'd been running, and recently upgraded to -- no changes were made to the configuration. While I don't think this had anything to do with it; my screensaver stopped accepting my password immediately after booting the new kernel.

The old kernel (.7) no longer works with xscreensaver, neither does root, or an account I made just to test things out.

There's no special output from xscreensaver, nor is there anything else out of the ordinary. However, whenever I lock my screen, it won't accept my password.

I've tried SSHing in and changing the password while logged in, changing permissions to shadow on the xscreensaver-related files (as suggested in another thread)... everything.

Not finding anything similar to this, and out of ideas and resources, I'm hoping somebody here can hopefully offer more assistance. If anyone's got any suggestions or needs more info, please let me know, it'd be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

The only output I've seen shows no errors, and is as follows:

xscreensaver-command: activating and locking.

SetGrabKeysState - disabled

Last edited by KPOM; 05-03-2005 at 11:53 AM.
Old 05-04-2005, 01:08 PM   #2
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I suspect PAM has something to do with your problem. Dropline Gnome installs PAM, which slackware doesn't use by default. You can't just remove pam, though, or you will break gnome and any of the other packages installed by dropline. Try a google for PAM + xscreensaver



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