[LightDM] Hard dependency on AccountsService

PCMan pcman.tw at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 18:43:42 PDT 2011

Putting something in git.freedesktop.org does not automatically make it a
I did not remember that poeple had consensus on this one.
Of course, this is a good thing, but this caused portability issues as some
other systems may not adopt this.
Two good examples are udisks and PolicyKit which should be portable but
finally became Linux-specific.
OpenSolaris and others have different security models for which Polkit is
not suitable.
UDisks is too Linux-centric and is built on top of udev and there are no
other systems plan to support it.
Unless this gets wide adoption, adding a hard dependence to this is not a
good idea.
It can be an optional feature, but at least for LXDE, I do not think that we
should rely on this.
Something like PolicyKit brings many problems already. I'd like to call this
Dbus hell or *Kit hell.
We have more and more dbus *Kit. IMO we're now moving away from KISS
principle and beauty of UNIX.

On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 9:14 AM, Robert Ancell <robert.ancell at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi all,
> Currently LightDM supports both legacy password/preferences (pwd.h and
> .dmrc) and AccountsService
> (http://cgit.freedesktop.org/accountsservice/).  AccountsService is a
> relatively new D-Bus service that was started in January 2010 that
> wraps up user information into a D-Bus service and abstracts away
> account manipulation.
> I think AccountsService is a really great piece of software and I'd
> like to see it widely adopted and LightDM have a hard dependency on
> it.  The question is:  if you are a consumer or potential consumer of
> LightDM is this an issue?
> Specifically:
> GNOME - developed from GNOME, so not a blocker
> KDE - ?
> Oracle - ?
> LXDE - ?
> XFCE - ?
> Elementary - ?
> Other - ?
> Thanks,
> --Robert
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