What is the "thinnest" display manager available?

Vlad D.Markov dvoich at optonline.net
Sat Nov 30 03:44:31 UTC 2013

On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 01:32:04PM -0800, Yuri wrote:
> I want to have as few packages installed as possible, and I want to use 
> small window manager (dwm). But what is the thinnest display manager 
> available? I know kdm and gdm both work, but both pull a ton of 
> dependencies which I don't want.
> Features required:
> * automatic start (through /etc/rc.conf)
> * automatically run xorg and window manager of choice
> * automatically login a particular user
> * not many or no dependencies
> What is the smallest display manager that qualifies?
> Or maybe there is an easy way to run xorg + WM with some simple shell 
> script? Anything like this ready to use?
> Yuri
I do just what you are asking.

1. The following entry is in /etc/ttys
	ttyv8   "/usr/local/sbin/xstart"        xterm   on secure
2. contents of /usr/local/sbin/xstart


/usr/bin/su - [user] /usr/local/bin/startx -- -dpi 100 < ${tty} >${tty} 2>&1
3. ~user/.xinitrc
	exec ck-launch-session dbus-launch startfluxbox

I use fluxbox or fvwm as my window manager. Both work fine.

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