[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#884097: lightdm-gtk-greeter: default panel options have disappeared

Vincent Lefevre vincent at vinc17.net
Mon Dec 25 14:28:06 UTC 2017

On 2017-12-25 01:46:33 -0800, ian_bruce at mail.ru wrote:
> It appears that the default panel layout has changed between
> lightdm-gtk-greeter versions <v2.0.2> and <v2.0.3>, although this is not
> mentioned in the changelog. Specifically, the language selector,
> session/environment selector, accessibility options, and reboot/poweroff
> menu have all disappeared. The default now seems to be to display only
> the hostname and clock in the panel.

I suppose that this is unintentional, for 2 reasons:
  * The reboot/poweroff menu is one of the most important ones.
  * The 2.0.3 display looks ugly.

I wonder whether it has been tested with the default configuration.

Related to that, there's the upstream bug:


It is rather old, but it seems that Debian skipped some versions.
It is said:

Overview of changes in lightdm-gtk-greeter 1.8.6:
    - Panel layout now fully customizable
  * Required configuration changes:
    - host and clock labels are indicators now, new default panel layout:

And 1.8.6 has never been in Debian, where one has 1.8.5-2 followed
by 2.0.0-1. Perhaps 1.8.6 has come later and its features merged in

At <https://launchpad.net/lightdm-gtk-greeter/2.0>, 2.0.3 is described
as "Bugfix and translations release". This is clearly not the case.

> This at least restores the reboot/poweroff function. However, problems
> with the other functions remain:
> - both the Debian and upstream changelogs indicate that the
> accessibility options have been removed, for unspecified reasons. This
> being so, the comment in <lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf> offering the "~a11y"
> option should also be removed, to avoid confusion.

In 1.8.6, ~a11y was apparently still available as mentioned above.

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