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    Default Password protecting Settings manager in XFCE

    Hi all,

    I am using opensuse 13.1 with XFCE DE. I want to password protect a Settings Manager for all the users. Is there a way to do it. Please suggest me the way to do it.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Password protecting Settings manager in XFCE

    You'll need to describe exactly what you want to do, not ask a general question.

    A general answer to your general question...
    It's probably possible, but "it depends." Especially in Linux, a GUI Manager is usually only a frontend to functionality still accessible "the old way" using CLI. So, password protecting the "Manager" won't stop anyone but the most newbie and unresourceful.

    There are various ways to apply security either at the file level or app level, usually configurable to be applied to User and Group accounts.

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    Default Re: Password protecting Settings manager in XFCE

    Sorry for the delayed reply. Whenever I try to launch the settings manager it should be asking the password.

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    Default Re: Password protecting Settings manager in XFCE

    Quote Originally Posted by nishanth9042 View Post
    Whenever I try to launch the settings manager it should be asking the password.
    Why?

    The changes you make affect only you. There's no need to require a password.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    Why?

    The changes you make affect only you. There's no need to require a password.

    In my company multiple users use the same computer in different shifts. So I don't want the users to access settings manager.

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    Default Re: Password protecting Settings manager in XFCE

    Quote Originally Posted by nishanth9042 View Post
    In my company multiple users use the same computer in different shifts. So I don't want the users to access settings manager.
    When they are realy different users, they can't change the settngs of other users.

    When they are in fact perrsons using the same username/password, you are on the wrong path. Every person should have his/her own username (userid) and password and never log in with an other person's credentials. That is where al security in Unix/Linux is based on, including the impossibillity to change someone else's settings.
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    Default Re: Password protecting Settings manager in XFCE

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    When they are realy different users, they can't change the settngs of other users.
    Thanks for the info. But I don't want users to change startup programs and resolution etc.

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    Default Re: Password protecting Settings manager in XFCE

    XFCE I don't know

    Then change the owner ship of the settings files. Say it is a KDE desktop sett it up then change ownership of ~/.kde4 to root. copy this to all users you want to lock. Note it may make some config programs crash if a change is attempted.

    Also there are kiosk configuration that keep users from changing anything.

    But even so each user should have their own account. it is the best policy.

    Personally I don't see any reason not to let users configure things as they would prefer. each to his own.

    https://techbase.kde.org/KDE_System_...k/Introduction

    This may or may not apply but it should give you at least the theory

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    Default Re: Password protecting Settings manager in XFCE

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    Also there are kiosk configuration that keep users from changing anything.
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    I am using XFCE and could you please tell me about the kiosk configuration.

    Also I have tried setting the password with the following command.

    #xdg-su -u $USER -c xfce4-settings-manager

    This takes the same password for both login and the above command.

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    Here is a howto for XFCE

    https://wiki.xfce.org/howto/kiosk_mode

    easy yo look it up on Google

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