Understanding XDM

uki ukaszg at gmail.com
Wed Jul 4 08:40:07 UTC 2012

2012/7/4 Polytropon <freebsd at edvax.de>:
> On Tue, 3 Jul 2012 23:27:21 -0700 (PDT), sw2wolf wrote:
>> I am using slim to login which can choose Window Manager by pressing F1 key.
>> Can XDM choose Window Manager when loginning ?
> No, xdm cannot do this. But as far as I remember, wdm can -- it has
> some look & feel of the original CDE display manager and it designed
> to work well with WindowMaker, but it's a very nice replacement for
> xdm if you need that specific functionality. It's quite lightweight
> (compared to gdm or kdm) and easily configurable.

xdm is very simple, it just logs you in and runs a shell script.
with default settings the shell script just executes your ~/.xinitrc

here is an example how to add shutdown button to xdm
you can use it as an example to hack your own 'change wm' feature, or
just use some xdm replacement that has that.

Łukasz Gruner

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