don't show usernames

NoOp glgxg at
Thu Nov 15 18:42:42 UTC 2012

On 11/14/2012 02:30 PM, Wes James wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
>> On 11/08/2012 10:20 AM, Wes James wrote:
>> > I have xubuntu 12.04 x32.  Is there a way to not show usernames on the
>> > login screen.  I looked in /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf, but that did having
>> > anything and I looked up the options online, but don't see a way to just
>> > have a login screen that shows an empty username and password (not a
>> > dropdown list of users).
>> $ gksu gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
>> add this line and save:
>> greeter-hide-users=true
> I just did this and it works great, unless you type in the username wrong.
>  I typed in the username wrong and press enter and it asks for a password,
> but then there seems to be no way to go back and fix the username.  I click
> cancel, ESC, many different things and all I get is a password input.
>  This is xubuntu 12.04.  There has to be a way back - what is it?

I can't replicate (with GNOME Classic, GNOME, Unity, Unity 2D desktops
installed). When I mistype the username, I am prompted for a password, I
then either type a wrong password, or simply hit return & I get the
'Login - invalid password, please try again|Username'. Even though it is
says 'invalid password' the input box says "Username"; enter the correct
username, then correct password when prompted logs me into my desktop of
choice. Greeter is unity-greeter:

$ cat /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf


Xubuntu also uses an additional greeter: lightdm-gtk-greeter:
So perhaps the issue is there?

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