Can't do ALL administration tasks through VNC?

Gilles Gravier gilles at
Thu May 1 20:30:30 UTC 2008

What server do you use?


NoOp wrote:
> On 05/01/2008 01:12 AM, Gilles Gravier wrote:
>> Hi!
>> So I've installed Hardy... VERY nice.
>> But I have one strange behavior (maybe it's expected - how do I change 
>> it?)...
>> While I can run Administration->Users and Groups from the console GNOME 
>> session and then properly press "Unlock" to get the rights to change 
>> things there... if I do this from a VNC session from remote, "Unlock" is 
>> greyed out, and effectively, I can't change users... Same thing for 
>> configuring shares... and other things.
>> My guess is that somehow Ubuntu thinks that a VNC session is unsafe. But 
>> I think otherwise (I tunnel my VNC through SSH)... so I'd like to enable 
>> full administration regardless of where my GNOME session is connected from.
>> Any idea?
>> Thanks,
>> Gilles.
> That's interesting. I VNC from Gutsy to Hardy, Hardy to Hardy, Hardy to
> Gutsy, and I haven't exprienced that problem. The only time that I do a
> problem like that is when I NX to a machine. But I figure the NX issue
> can be resolved by a setting somewhere, I've just not bothered to track
> it down.
> FWIW: On the Hardy machines, I have 2 fresh installs, and 1
> Gutsy==>Hardy install.

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