Display Manager in XFCE

Rob McCathie korrode at gmail.com
Thu Nov 20 04:51:41 CET 2014

Hi Victor,

What does your default configuration file look like? (/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf)

If you like, you can set the GTK greeter as the default through
configure options at compile time. (Though you shouldn't *have* to,
you should just be able to provide an appropriately set up

Have a look in the build() function in Arch's PKGBUILD, you can see
their configure options:

You may find other useful stuff in the Arch package source, rules
files and such:

Hope this helps.

Rob McCathie
Manjaro Team

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 2:17 PM, Victor Rodriguez <vm.rod25 at gmail.com> wrote:
> HI team
> I am still very new on XFCE ( learning in progress ) . I have finally
> done the configuration of XFCE from scratch ( building my own distro
> just for fun ) icons and fonts are working fine ( proud of it )
> However now I am facing the problem that just the root account can
> start the xfce session . I have chose lightDM as my display manager  (
> after reading some threads and forums ) .
> After few days compiling it and their dependencies ( libxklavier,
> iso-codes, libgp.. and some others ) I have finally build the lightDM
> and the lightDM-gtk-greeter
> Now my problem is .. how do I set it up ( yea shame on me,  I know )
> . I have being checking the fedora spec file :
> http://pkgs.fedoraproject.org/cgit/lightdm.git/tree/lightdm.spec
> And they provide the ligthDM.service that systemd will use .
> Reading the arch linux wiki :
> https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/LightDM
> They mention the option of :
> $ lightdm --test-mode --debug
> But for me, with my binaries it is showing me the error:
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Logging to /var/log/lightdm/lightdm.log
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Starting Light Display Manager 1.10.3, UID=0 PID=11598
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Loading configuration dirs from
> /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Loading configuration dirs from
> /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Loading configuration dirs from /etc/xdg/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Loading configuration from /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Using D-Bus name org.freedesktop.DisplayManager
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Registered seat module xlocal
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Registered seat module xremote
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Registered seat module unity
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Registered seat module surfaceflinger
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Adding default seat
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Seat: Starting
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Seat: Creating greeter session
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Seat: Failed to find session configuration default
> [+0.00s] DEBUG: Seat: Failed to create greeter session
> I know that I still need to configure the service in order to make the
> greeter start every time I boot up, how can I know if the greeter will
> work before set it as default boot up service
> In summary
> Does anybody has a better documentation of lightDM where I can read ?
> Has anybody configure lightDM in XFCE before with these problems
> Thanks a lot for all your help
> Regards
> Victor Rodriguez
> BTW: I have build lightdm like
>  %configure --disable-tests --enable-liblightdm-gobject --disable-static
> and lightDM-gtk-greeter:
> %configure --with-gtk2
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