Graphical login

Paul Tansom paul at
Sat May 28 01:40:55 CEST 2005

On Fri, 2005-05-27 at 17:13 +0200, Marc H. Thoben wrote:
> Paul Tansom wrote:
> > ...
> > 
> > I'm looking to experimentally switch to a graphical login prompt instead
> > of using startxfce4 every time I power on.
> You should get every login manager to start Xfce by supplying the right 
> config file (i.e. a xfce4.desktop for gdm with the line exec=startxfce4).
> But, depending on how heavily you have modified your environment 
> (/etc/profile, ~/.profile etc), you might end up with more work than you 
> expected. Logging in on the console and using startx or startxfce4 
> brings up your windows manager using the enviroment variables you had on 
> that console. If you start your session from a graphical login manager 
> it all depends on the X startup script (/etc/X11/Xsession) your 
> distribution provides.
> Whatever choice you make.. good luck :)

I've always been somewhat biased towards a console login and then
starting X manually. It seems a safer way to do things if X doesn't work
properly for some reason - I'm not sure whether CTRL-ALT-Fx would always
work if there were X issues at login (depends on the issue no doubt!).
I've started thinking about a graphical login for two reason though,
firstly if I decide to put XFCE on my wife's machine; and secondly, if I
decide to use it as part of a setup aimed at customer installs. I had
been leaning towards Gnome for these purposes (for now), but recent fun
with RHEL WS 3 has coloured my thinking a bit - but then the current RH
releases seem to be causing me nothing but aggravation - its likely a RH
thing rather than anything else!

Paul Tansom | Aptanet Ltd. |

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