GDM sessions.... [Solved]
e.schuele at computer.org
Mon Apr 24 13:44:38 UTC 2006
Joseph Vella wrote:
> On Sunday 23 April 2006 19:35, Eric Schuele wrote:
>> Norberto Meijome wrote:
>>> On Sun, 23 Apr 2006 11:02:53 -0500
>>> Eric Schuele <e.schuele at computer.org> wrote:
>>>> I have GDM installed and working. I *do not* have gnome installed. I
>>>> was hoping GDM would do as XDM and just run my .xsession. But it does
>>>> not. I would simply like it to be an XDM replacement. I
>> I stuck my head in a gnome IRC channel and got some pointers. Got it
>> running well now.
> So what got it working for you?
Ah, yes... sorry.
So... I had found a few HowTo's on customizing GDM on the web. All said
similar things but nothing worked for me. What they said to do *was*
important, and in fact was 99% of the work. So here's what I did to get
GDM to run my .xsession file (last step did the trick):
1) install /x11/gdm
2) make sure you have an ~/.xsession file (setup however you like)
3) make sure you have #!/bin/sh as first line
4) make sure ~/.xsession is executable
5) create a file /usr/X11R6/etc/gdm/Sessions/MySession.desktop
(replace MySession with whatever name you like)
6) Give it the following contents
Comment=This session will run your ~/.xsession
(feel free to change name and comment to liking)
7) Edit your /usr/X11R6/etc/gdm/gdm.conf. Search for
SessionDesktopDir. In my conf file it was commented out (plus a typo).
So I created a new SessionDesktopDir and pointed it where I placed my
*.desktop file. Such as SessionDesktopDir=/usr/X11R6/etc/gdm/Sessions/.
That's it. My new session is now visible, and runs my .xsession
seemingly just as XDM had.
There's plenty of eye candy for GDM. I'm sure there is a port in ports
that will install some, but haven't looked. I simply copied a dir of
themes from a gentoo box.
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