[ubuntu-uk] Clearing home directory at logout

Paul Sutton zleap at zleap.net
Fri Jan 30 15:11:14 GMT 2009

Rob Beard wrote:
> On 30/01/2009 12:44, Lucy wrote:
>> 2009/1/29 Rob Beard<rob at esdelle.co.uk>:
>>> Actually having a bit of a play I think I might have found a
>>> workaround.  I ended up installing the GDM Watchdog which checks for
>>> when a user logs out (or alternatively turns off the client).  It then
>>> closes all the users processes so in there I've put in a test command
>>> which works and runs as the logged in user.  Hopefully I can put
>>> together a simple script to empty the home directory and unpack a tar
>>> archive back into the directory.  Not ideal but as I'm on a tight
>>> schedule (server is being installed on Saturday and goes live on the 7th
>>> Feb) it looks like it'll have to do.  I'll just have to try and find a
>>> more elegant solution afterwards.
>> Rob, debian's LTSP package uses LDM rather than GDM to control logins.
>> I don't know if Ubuntu is the same? Have you tested the script on the
>> LTSP machines yet?
> Yep with the GDM Watchdog it does seem to work.  I'm not sure what 
> Ubuntu uses, I know it's LTSP 5 but I haven't really looked into it that 
> far, last time I did anything serious with LTSP was on Debian Sarge with 
> LTSP 4.2.
>> For LDM, the LTSP howto describes different scripts that can be
>> executed on startup, login and logout. It also has a section on
>> customising the screensaver, which might be useful (on debian it locks
>> the screen after a few minutes, which isn't always helpful).
>> You might want to have a read if it turns out you are using LDM:
>> http://www.ltsp.org/~sbalneav/LTSPManual.html#id2537250
> Thanks I'll take a look.
> Rob
Rob, come to think of it, I am sure tom brough has sorted this out with
his LTSP network, as i think he auto created accounts then the data gets
deleted when the session is over.


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