Solaris Customization i.e settings depending on  Login ID

Posted on 2002-03-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
I am using Solaris 8 on Intel and SUN platforms (OCT 2001 Edition). I have developed a graphical application in C++. Now I want to customize solaris in the following manner.

The system should boot in text mode and prompt for Login info.

If the user is "root" then X-server should start with full access to the system.

But if the user is other than "root", the system should run a my specific application (graphical application)with no access to system what so ever. The system should come back to text login prompt when the user quits the application.

(Actually I want that even novice users ahould be able to use my application without learning the intricacies of solaris. Moreover, they should not be able to fiddle with the system)
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I don't believe you can do this for two reasons. One is that CDE & X can't simply be started from a command line login. And the other is that Unix in general doesn't have that capability of running such an application as a part of the boot process, nor does it have that capability of doing an 'auto-logon' at boot.

What you could do, which I belive would satisfy your requirements, would be to allow CDE to start normally at boot. Root, of course, would be able to login normally, but the application would be accessed via a designated login name. The shell init scripts for that user could be used to start the application.

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I have another opinion about this.

Before CDE came and the graphical interface became default we started openwindows in the users login file.

There are systemloginfiles in /etc ( profile for ksh,sh and .login for csh,tcsh) you could start your application or an xwindowsystem in this file based on a check on userid.
CDE is a problem since it default kicks of the login when it starts.

There might be yet another way to do this. Check the manuals for "sessionetc". This is script you can write and put in the dt directory that starts up a mandatory application in the CDE environment for the users who has this file.
That way you can use the dtlogin but hide the not so great CDE from them.

CDE can also be hacked but I would stay away from that since it is going away in a near future.

Happy hacking
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hat's what users and groups are for in UNIX.
Simply setup your /etc/passwd and /etc/group, then ssign appropriate permissions to dirs, files and programs according your settings.
You don't nedd a special program for that, it's all standard UNIX/Solaris.
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Why do you want to disable X? Just assigning the command to launch your appliction in the shell script of the user  is enough

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Make the last field of the user's entry in the passwd file to be the full path/name of your application.

simple as that.

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