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Friday, March 27th 2009, 6:44pm

Profile created in Kiosk Admin tool is not getting applied to the userid it is assigned to.

I am trying to set up a machine to be used as a kiosk. I am attempting to use the Kiosk Admin tool to lock down the desktop. I am new to all of this, and I haven't been successful in getting it to work. The restrictions that I set using the Kiosk Admin tool do not appear to get applied. I am hoping someone will be able to notice something I may have done wrong or missed. Here are the details:

I have installed:

Fedora 10
K Desktop Environment (KDE), release 3.5.10-3.fc10 Fedora
KIOSK Admin Tool 1.0 (using KDE 3.5.10-3.fc10 Fedora)

I have created a userid called 'kiosk'. I want this userid to have a locked down profile as I only intend for it to use the kiosk to browse the internet.

Using the Kiosk Admin tool, I have created a profiled called 'lock_down'. I created the profile while logged in as 'root'. I assigned the profile to the 'kiosk' userid. I disabled a bunch of things in the profile that I don't want the 'kiosk' userid to be able to do, such as disable Alt-F2 (run command).

After exiting the Kiosk Admin tool, the profile I created was written to:


In this directory there are a few files including the kdeglobals file. In the kdeglobals file, I can clearly see the options that I have selected to disable in the kiosk admin tool. For example, I have these lines:

[KDE Action Restrictions][$i]

Unfortunately, when I log in with the 'kiosk' userid, none of the restrictions I have set in the 'lock_down' profile are working (Alt-F2 is not disabled, etc.)

The result of the running the kiosktool-kdedirs command is:


The result of running kde-config --path config is:


Based on the results of these commands, I would think that I would see the results of the settings in the kdeglobals file that was created by the Kiosk Admin tool, but I am not. I realize there is another kdeglobals file in /home/kiosk/.kde/share/config for the user to do customization, but there is nothing I can see in there that would override the kdeglobals file under the lock_down directory.

Does anyone know why the settings in the profile are not getting applied to the userid that the profile is assigned to? Any help would be appreciated.