Stopping GDM from auto-mounting autofs home dirs

Michael Waltz mwaltz at
Tue Apr 13 18:37:30 UTC 2010

I've set the login to "simple" using:

sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 --set --type boolean 
/apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list true

as found here:

And now GDM comes up with the normal username prompt, however mount 
shows 100 autofs home dirs still coming up, ever after a reboot.


Brian McKee wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 1:42 PM, Michael Waltz <mwaltz at> wrote:
>> Noticed first in Karmic that even if the simple GDM login manager was
>> enabled with no user list a lot of autofs home dirs were automatically
>> mounted when the system booted. I'd like to avoid this since having
>> hundreds of Ubuntu desktops hitting filers without an intent to use the
>> mounts could cause a resource issue. We got around this by removing gdm2
>> in Karmic and installing gdm-legacy instead, but this packages doesn't
>> appear on in Lucid anymore and most likely never will.
>> Is there a way to only have GDM mount autofs home dirs on user login?
>> May be a bit slower, but the extra few seconds aren't really an issue
>> for us.
> Wild guess here, but is it because its looking for the users display
> icon/picture to show on the login screen?
> I'd try turning off face browsing and see what happens.
> Brian

Micheal Waltz
SMG Unix Infrastructure
Qualcomm Inc.
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