[Edgy] Why does the "Users and Group" config utility show a root user?

Eamonn Sullivan eamonn.sullivan at gmail.com
Sun Nov 5 12:59:25 UTC 2006

On 11/5/06, Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at dantian.org> wrote:
> Thanks, but I knew that: I guess I phrased my question wrongly. What I
> meant was to clear up if what I see is normal behavior, because if it is
> I qualify this as a user interface bug and will file it as such.
> My reasoning is as follows:
> If the root account is disabled completely (as it is), it should not
> show up in the configuration panel at all, or at least the config panel
> should somehow show that this account is disabled. In particular it
> should now show the account secured with an 8-letter password because
> that is simply wrong. There is not password in a disabled account.

Yeah, I would agree that it would be clearer if the tool had some
checkbox on that dialog saying whether the account is disabled or not.
I'm not sure why it matters that there are eight asterixes there. It's
just decorative, but maybe a grayed out  password field would be
better. There are a lot of accounts on the system that can't be logged
into directly.


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