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How can I change the order of the users in the login screen?

Where is the users' login history stored that governs the order in which the users' names appear in the login window? Background: I want to manipulate the order of the names.


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  • Not duplicate. The title is similar, but the question itself is intentionally specific. After I got my fingers slapped for asking my question over there, honestly, don't give me this.
    – tc14
    Oct 9, 2010 at 18:28

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As far as I know, there is no easy way to configure the order of names: Names are ordered by their login frequency as returned by ConsoleKit (see the output ofck-history --frequent). The numbers are extracted from the log files in /var/log/ConsoleKit/ directly, so there is no simple way to change them. You could still repeatedly login as one user, though, that would move the user to the top ;)

  • Thank you. I will try deleting /var/log/ConsoleKit/* (or maybe just the most recent logs) after a bout of maintenance logins so that the real users end up back on top fast.
    – tc14
    Oct 9, 2010 at 19:42

The order in my login screen seems to be random; I only have my user and a guest user - I never use the guest account but sometimes it appears as first on the list