graphical login with xfce

Collins erichey2 at
Tue Feb 18 23:01:13 CET 2003

On Tuesday 18 February 2003 01:17 pm, Olivier Fourdan wrote:
> Didier,
> If you use gdm (or gdm2), install xfce-utils and you'll have a session
> "XFce4" in the list of available sessions (ie, nothing to edit/modify)
> Cheers,
> Olivier.
> On Tue, 2003-02-18 at 20:31, Wiroth Didier wrote:
> > Hey,
> > (I'm *nix newbie)
> >
> > I'm currently running xfce4 (from cvs), I would like to
> > setup a graphical login manager like xdm, I actualy don't
> > like xdm (from a graphical point of view).
> >
> > 1) Is it possible to use kdm, gdm or gdm2 as a graphical
> > login?
> > 2) What script do I have to modify to launch xfce, is it
> > still .xsession?
> >
> > May be someone has a link to share?!
> >

If you are trying to keep a light weight system, consider the fact that gdm 
and kdm must load a fair amount of stuff (=long wait on a slow machine) 
before you even get a login script, and you aren't going to need all the 
loaded crap unless you actually use gnome/kde programs.

xdm is much more light weight, but somewht brain dead unless you figure out 
how to use the chooser stuff (needlessly complex, and a book with seven seals 
for me).  Without the chooser, you get only the gui equivalent of startx, 
i.e. you must set the seiion in advance.  Since I don't switch sessions much 
(I'm evaluating kde right now, but I'll probably be back on xfce before 

One mod which I have implemented is extra reboot/shutdown/single-user buttons 
based on a BSD entry you can find with a google for "buttons.tcl".  This 
extension requires tcl/tk.  It would be nice to have this support built into 

Collins Richey - Denver Area
Athlon-XP gentoo 1.4_rc2 kde 3.1

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